Basin Mountain (California)

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Basin Mountain
Basin Mountain.jpg
Basin Mountain's east face in summer
Highest point
Elevation 13187+ ft (4020+ m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence 421 ft (128 m) [2]
Listing Sierra Peaks Section[1]
Coordinates 37°17′50″N 118°39′31″W / 37.2971555°N 118.6587268°W / 37.2971555; -118.6587268Coordinates: 37°17′50″N 118°39′31″W / 37.2971555°N 118.6587268°W / 37.2971555; -118.6587268
Basin Mountain is located in California
Basin Mountain
Basin Mountain
Location Inyo County California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Mount Tom
First ascent November 9, 1930, by Norman Clyde via the North Slope[3]
Easiest route Scramble, class 2 via the North Slope[3]

Basin Mountain in California's eastern Sierra Nevada range is a large and visually prominent peak near the city of Bishop. Basin Mountain is not as high as its neighboring peaks, Mount Tom and Mount Humphreys, but it dominates the view to the west from Bishop as it rises above the Buttermilks. It is a relatively easy scramble to the top. The summit is not especially notable, except for the wonderful views it offers of Mount Tom, which dominates the skyline just to the north. The night-time views of Bishop and the Owens valley are spectacular.

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  1. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b "Basin Mountain, California". Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  3. ^ a b Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 325. ISBN 9780898869712. 
  4. ^ "Basin Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 

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