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Goat Mountain (California)

Coordinates: 36°52′10″N 118°34′27″W / 36.8694694°N 118.5742113°W / 36.8694694; -118.5742113
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Goat Mountain
Northeast aspect
Highest point
Elevation12,207 ft (3,721 m)[1]
Prominence927 ft (283 m)[1]
Parent peakDougherty Peak (12,241 ft)[2]
Isolation3.89 mi (6.26 km)[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates36°52′10″N 118°34′27″W / 36.8694694°N 118.5742113°W / 36.8694694; -118.5742113[3]
Goat Mountain is located in California
Goat Mountain
Goat Mountain
Location in California
Goat Mountain is located in the United States
Goat Mountain
Goat Mountain
Goat Mountain (the United States)
LocationKings Canyon National Park
Fresno County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS The Sphinx
Age of rockCretaceous
Mountain typeFault block
Type of rockgranitic
First ascent1896
Easiest routeclass 2[2]

Goat Mountain is a 12,207-foot-elevation (3,721-meter) mountain summit located in Kings Canyon National Park, in Fresno County of northern California, United States.[3] It is situated on Monarch Divide which is west of the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Topographic relief is significant as the southeast aspect rises 5,600 feet (1,700 meters) above Paradise Valley in 2.5 miles. This feature was so named because mountain sheep, erroneously called goats, were once seen on the slopes.[4] The name was already in use when the first ascent of the summit was made in 1896 by Joseph Nisbet LeConte and party.[5] This mountain's name has been officially adopted by the United States Board on Geographic Names.[3]



According to the Köppen climate classification system, Goat Mountain is located in an alpine climate zone.[6] 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 into tributaries of the South Fork Kings River.

Goat Mountain from Lake 10620 (Kid Lakes)

See also



  1. ^ a b "Goat Mountain, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  2. ^ a b c "Goat Mountain - 12,207' CA". listsofjohn.com. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  3. ^ a b c "Goat Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-05-29.
  4. ^ Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada: From Abbot to Zumwalt, Wilderness Press, 1986, ISBN 9780899970479, page 82.
  5. ^ Francis P. Farquhar, Place Names of the High Sierra (1926)
  6. ^ 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.