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Black Giant

Coordinates: 37°06′08″N 118°38′55″W / 37.1022388°N 118.6487071°W / 37.1022388; -118.6487071
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Black Giant
East Face
Highest point
Elevation13,330 ft (4,060 m)[1]
Prominence1,090 ft (330 m)[1]
Parent peakMount Fiske (13,503 ft)[2]
Isolation2.60 mi (4.18 km)[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates37°06′08″N 118°38′55″W / 37.1022388°N 118.6487071°W / 37.1022388; -118.6487071[3]
Black Giant is located in California
Black Giant
Black Giant
Location in California
Black Giant is located in the United States
Black Giant
Black Giant
Black Giant (the United States)
CountryUnited States
Protected areaKings Canyon National Park
Parent rangeSierra Nevada[1]
Topo mapUSGS Mount Goddard
Type of rockmetamorphic
First ascent1905, George R. Davis[4]
Easiest routeWestern side class 1

Black Giant is a 13,330-foot-elevation (4,060-meter) mountain summit located west of the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in Fresno County of central California, United States.[3] Black Giant ranks as the 86th highest summit in California.[2] It is the northernmost and highest summit on its namesake ridge, the Black Divide in northern Kings Canyon National Park. The peak is situated 3.9 miles (6.3 km) east of Mount Goddard, and 2.6 miles (4.2 km) south-southeast of Mount Fiske, which is the nearest higher neighbor. Topographic relief is significant as it rises 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) above Le Conte Canyon in approximately two miles. Muir Pass is 1.4 miles (2.3 km) to the northwest, and the approach to this remote peak is made via the John Muir Trail.



This mountain was bestowed its descriptive name in 1904 by Joseph Nisbet LeConte, a Sierra Nevada explorer and cartographer.[3] LeConte wrote: "A few miles to the south rose a particularly inviting point, which certainly commands a peerless view. But time forbade an ascent this year, so I named it the Black Giant, and wondered how long it would stand as it has so far stood, an untrodden summit."[5]

The first ascent of the summit was made in 1905 by George R. Davis, USGS topographic engineer.[5]

In creating the map of the Mount Goddard quadrangle, 1907–1909, the USGS named this peak "Mount Goode", apparently unaware of LeConte's earlier naming. The Black Giant name was restored and officially adopted in 1926 by the United States Board on Geographic Names, and the Goode name was transferred to the present location of Mount Goode, five miles to the east-northeast of Black Giant.[3]



Established climbing routes:[6]

  • West Slope – class 1 – First Ascent 1905
  • South Slope – class 2
  • Southeast Ridge – class 3 – FA 1971
  • Northeast Face – class 4 – FA 1966 by Steve Roper



According to the Köppen climate classification system, Black Giant is located in an alpine climate zone.[7] Most weather fronts originate in the Pacific Ocean, and travel east toward the Sierra Nevada mountains. As fronts approach, they are forced upward by the peaks, causing them to drop their moisture in the form of rain or snowfall onto the range (orographic lift). This climate supports four small glaciers on the northeast aspect.[6] Precipitation runoff from this mountain drains into tributaries of the Middle Fork Kings River.


See also



  1. ^ a b c "Black Giant, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
  2. ^ a b c "Black Giant - 13,330' CA". listsofjohn.com. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
  3. ^ a b c d "Black Giant". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-04-12.
  4. ^ Alan M. Hedden and David R. Brower, A Climber's Guide to the High Sierra (1954)
  5. ^ a b Francis P. Farquhar, Place Names of the High Sierra (1926)
  6. ^ a b R. J. Secor, The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, Trails, 2009, Third Edition, Mountaineers Books, ISBN 9781594857386, page 279.
  7. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11. ISSN 1027-5606.