Birch Mountain (California)

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Birch Mountain
Birch mountain.jpg
Birch Mountain's east side from route 395, May 2009.
Highest point
Elevation 13,608 ft (4,148 m)  NAVD 88[3]
Prominence 938 ft (286 m) [3]
Coordinates 37°03′46″N 118°25′07″W / 37.0627115°N 118.4187135°W / 37.0627115; -118.4187135Coordinates: 37°03′46″N 118°25′07″W / 37.0627115°N 118.4187135°W / 37.0627115; -118.4187135[4]
Birch Mountain is located in California
Birch Mountain
Birch Mountain
Birch Mountain is located in the US
Birch Mountain
Birch Mountain
Location Inyo County, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Split Mountain
First ascent 1887 by J.W. Bledsoe[5]
Easiest route Scramble by southwest ridge or south slope, class 2[5]

Birch Mountain, or Paokrung (Northern Paiute for "Mountain of Stone"[4]), is one of the fifty highest peaks of California. Of the major peaks of the Palisades, it stands farthest from the Sierra Crest.

Judging by its few summit register entries, it is climbed far less than its nearby fourteener neighbors on the crest.[6] But its placement on the Sierra Peaks Section list[1] adds to its appeal to peak baggers, and its low technical demand makes it a rewarding ski mountaineering destination.[7]

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  1. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2008-09-14. 
  2. ^ "Western States Climbers Qualifying Peak List". Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  3. ^ a b "Birch Mountain, California". Retrieved 2009-09-14. 
  4. ^ a b "Birch Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-06-07. 
  5. ^ a b Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 224. ISBN 9780898869712. 
  6. ^ "Birch Mountain". Retrieved 2012-12-23. 
  7. ^ "Birch Mountain's Southeast Face". Retrieved 2008-09-14.