Alta Peak

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Alta Peak
Alta Peak is located in California
Alta Peak
Alta Peak
Location of Alta Peak in California
Alta Peak is located in the US
Alta Peak
Alta Peak
Alta Peak (the US)
Highest point
Elevation 11,208 ft (3,416 m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence 124 ft (38 m) [3]
Listing Sierra Peaks Section[1]
Coordinates 36°35′26″N 118°39′48″W / 36.590579589°N 118.663385947°W / 36.590579589; -118.663385947Coordinates: 36°35′26″N 118°39′48″W / 36.590579589°N 118.663385947°W / 36.590579589; -118.663385947[2]
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Lodgepole
First ascent 1896 by William R, Dudley[4]
Easiest route Hike, class 1[1]

Alta Peak is in Sequoia National Park not far from Giant Forest. Before 1896, the mountain was known as Tharps Peak. By 1903 it was generally known by its current name and Alta Peak appears on the Tehipite quadrangle, USGS 30 minute topographic map of 1905,[5] and was officially recognized by the Board on Geographic Names in 1928.[6] The Sierra Club Bulletin noted that the name Alta Peak was "euphonious". A meadow on its southern slope had long been known as Alta Meadow.[7] A rocky outcrop, 0.5 miles (0.8 km) southwest of the summit, is now known as Tharps Rock. Hale Tharp was the first euro-American to explore the Giant Forest area. His summer camp, a hollowed out Sequoia log near Crescent Meadow known as Tharp's Log, is popular with park visitors.


  1. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  2. ^ a b "Alta". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  3. ^ "Alta Peak, California". Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  4. ^ Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 90. ISBN 9780898869712. 
  5. ^ Tehipite quadrangle, California (Map). 1:125000. 30 Minute Topographic. USGS. 1905. Retrieved 2016-03-24 – via USC Digital Library. 
  6. ^ "Alta Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  7. ^ Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. pp. 4, 214. ISBN 978-0-89997-119-3.