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Coordinates: 37°08′34″N 118°31′50″W / 37.1427527°N 118.5304693°W / 37.1427527; -118.5304693
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West aspect, (Chocolate Peak to the right)
Highest point
Elevation13,525 ft (4,122 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence845 ft (258 m)[1]
Parent peakMount Agassiz (13,899 ft)[2]
Isolation2.12 mi (3.41 km)[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates37°08′34″N 118°31′50″W / 37.1427527°N 118.5304693°W / 37.1427527; -118.5304693[3]
Cloudripper is located in California
Cloudripper is located in the United States
CountryUnited States
Protected areaJohn Muir Wilderness
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Inconsolable Range[1]
Topo mapUSGS Mount Thompson
First ascent1926 or 1927 Norman Clyde
Easiest routeEast Ridge

Cloudripper is a 13,525-foot-elevation (4,122 meter) mountain summit located two miles east of the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Inyo County of northern California, United States.[3] It is situated in the Palisades area of the John Muir Wilderness, on land managed by Inyo National Forest. It is approximately 14 miles (23 km) west of the community of Big Pine, 1.1 miles (1.8 km) north-northeast of Picture Puzzle, and 2.1 miles (3.4 km) south of parent Mount Agassiz. Cloudripper ranks as the 58th highest summit in California,[2] and the highest point of the Inconsolable Range.[1]



Established climbing routes on Cloudripper:[4]

  • East Ridge via Big Pine Lakes – class 1
  • North Ridge via Green Lake – class 2
  • West Chute via Chocolate Lake – class 3[5]

The first ascent of the summit was made June 15, 1927, by Norman Clyde, who is credited with 130 first ascents, most of which were in the Sierra Nevada.[4][6] Other sources place the date as June 15, 1926.[7][8]



According to the Köppen climate classification system, Cloudripper is located in an alpine climate zone.[9] 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). Precipitation runoff from this mountain drains east into North Fork Big Pine Creek, and northwest into headwaters of Bishop Creek.


See also



  1. ^ a b c d "Cloudripper, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  2. ^ a b c "Cloudripper - 13,525' CA". ListsOfJohn.com. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  3. ^ a b "Cloudripper". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-04-20.
  4. ^ a b Hedden, Alan M.; Brower, David R. (1954). "A Climber's Guide to the High Sierra".
  5. ^ "West Chute Cloudripper". Mountainproject.com.
  6. ^ Norman Clyde - Mountaineer, Owensvalleyhistory.com
  7. ^ R. J. Secor, The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, Trails, 2009, Third Edition, Mountaineers Books, ISBN 9781594857386
  8. ^ Steve Roper, The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra, 1976, Sierra Club Books, ISBN 9780871561473, page 348.
  9. ^ 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.