Thunder Mountain (Tulare County, California)

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Thunder Mountain
Thunder Mountain is located in California
Thunder Mountain
Thunder Mountain
Location of Thunder Mountain in California
Elevation 13,523+ ft (4,122+ m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 525 ft (160 m)[1]
Listing SPS Mountaineers peak[2]
Location
Location Tulare County California, U.S.
Range Great Western Divide, Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 36°40′09″N 118°28′33″W / 36.6691038°N 118.4759288°W / 36.6691038; -118.4759288Coordinates: 36°40′09″N 118°28′33″W / 36.6691038°N 118.4759288°W / 36.6691038; -118.4759288[3]
Topo map USGS Mount Brewer
Climbing
First ascent 1905 by George Davis[4]
Easiest route Climb, class 3–4[4]

Thunder Mountain is located in the northern part of the Great Western Divide, a sub-range of the Sierra Nevada in California. The summit marks a point on the boundary between Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks and is 0.6 miles (1 km) north of Table Mountain and south 2.8 miles (4.5 km) Mount Brewer. Thunder pass, on the mountains east side, has an elevation of 12,720+ feet (3 877+ m).[4] This pass marks the western end of the Kings-Kern Divide.

The mountain was named by George R. Davis, a topographer with the United States Geological Survey. He made the first ascent, in August 1905, to establish a benchmark on the summit.[5] The name appears on the Mt. Whitney, USGS 30 minute topographic map of 1905,[6] and was officially recognized by the Board on Geographic Names in 1928.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Thunder Mountain, California". Peakbagger.com. 
  2. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. http://angeles.sierraclub.org/sps/spslist.pdf.
  3. ^ a b "Thunder Mountain". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  4. ^ a b c Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. pp. 252, 276 & 362. ISBN 9780871561473. 
  5. ^ Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. p. 216. ISBN 978-0-89997-119-3. 
  6. ^ USGS (1907). Whitney Quadrangle (Map). 1:12500 (1st ed.). http://sunsite.berkeley.edu/mrsid2.2/mrsid_server/bin/show_java.pl?client=CA_125k&image=CA_125k_mountwhitney_1905.sid. Retrieved 20 August 2010.