Junipero Serra Peak

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Junipero Serra Peak
Junipero Serra Peak 2015 2.jpg
Junipero Serra Peak in 2015
Highest point
Elevation5,857 ft (1,785 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence4,447 ft (1,355 m) [2]
Coordinates36°08′44″N 121°25′08″W / 36.14560555°N 121.419008781°W / 36.14560555; -121.419008781Coordinates: 36°08′44″N 121°25′08″W / 36.14560555°N 121.419008781°W / 36.14560555; -121.419008781[1]
Junipero Serra Peak is located in California
Junipero Serra Peak
Junipero Serra Peak
Location in California
Junipero Serra Peak is located in the United States
Junipero Serra Peak
Junipero Serra Peak
Junipero Serra Peak (the United States)
LocationMonterey County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSanta Lucia Mountains
Topo mapJunipero Serra Peak
Easiest routeTrail

Junipero Serra Peak is the highest mountain in the Santa Lucia Mountains of California. It is also the highest peak in Monterey County.[2] It is named after Franciscan Friar Junípero Serra, founder of the California Missions.


It was originally named Santa Lucia Peak, as it is the highest point in the range of the same name. Wanting to honor Junípero Serra, the Native Daughters of the Golden West had bestowed his name upon a Sierra Nevada peak in June 1905. However, the Sierra Club recommended that the name be transferred to Santa Lucia Peak. The United States Board on Geographic Names officially approved the name change in 1906[3] finding that Junípero Serra was familiar with the Santa Lucia Mountains, but in all likelihood he had never encountered the Sierra Nevada.[4]

The peak is also sometimes called Pimkolam, its ancient Salinan Native American name.


Since the peak is over 5,000 feet (1,500 m), temperatures in winter are low enough to support snowfall and relatively high amounts of precipitation compared to the Salinas Valley and places farther east in the Coast Ranges.[5]

Indians Fire[edit]

Along with much of the southern Ventana Wilderness, Junipero Serra was burned extensively in the 2008 Indians fire.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Santa Lucia". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  2. ^ a b "Junipero Serra Peak, California". Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  3. ^ "Junipero Serra Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-07.
  4. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1949). California Place Names. Berkeley, California: University of California Press. p. 169. OCLC 1197857.
  5. ^ "Subsection 261Aj - North Coastal Santa Lucia Range". U.S. Forest Service. Archived from the original on 2005-03-15. Retrieved 2014-02-22.

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