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Florence Peak (California)

Coordinates: 36°24′22″N 118°33′03″W / 36.406099525°N 118.550884247°W / 36.406099525; -118.550884247
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Florence Peak
Florence Peak and Franklin Lake
Highest point
Elevation12,437 ft (3,791 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence1,033 ft (315 m)[1]
Coordinates36°24′22″N 118°33′03″W / 36.406099525°N 118.550884247°W / 36.406099525; -118.550884247[4]
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mineral King
Easiest routeSimple scramble, class 2[5]

Florence Peak is a mountain located on the Great Western Divide, a sub-range of the southern Sierra Nevada of California. It is located about 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of the community of Silver City and 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from the roads end at Mineral King. It marks the southern boundary of Sequoia National Park. On the summit the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness, the John Krebs Wilderness and Golden Trout Wilderness meet.[6]


The peak rises to an elevation of 12,438 feet (3,791 m), making it one of the highest mountains south of Mount Whitney.[7] The Franklin Lakes, a series of tarns, lie in a cirque on north side of the peak and these drain into the Kaweah River by way of Franklin Creek. The eastern slopes drain into the Kern River. The southwestern flank drains into the 10,000-foot (3,048 m)[8] Bullfrog Lakes and thence into the Little Kern River.

The high elevation of the peak means that most of the precipitation it receives falls as snow.[9]


  1. ^ a b "Florence Peak, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  2. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  3. ^ "Western States Climbers Qualifying Peak List". Climber.org. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  4. ^ "Florence". NGS Data Sheet. National Geodetic Survey, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, United States Department of Commerce. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  5. ^ Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 100. ISBN 978-0898869712.
  6. ^ "John Krebs Wilderness". Wilderness.net. {{cite web}}: Missing or empty |url= (help)
  7. ^ "Elevation Ladder from Florence Peak". Peakbagger. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  8. ^ "Florence Peak". Acme Mapper. Retrieved 2009-08-13.
  9. ^ "Subsection M261Eo - Glaciated Batholith". U. S. Forest Service. Archived from the original on 2007-08-13. Retrieved 2014-02-22.

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