Leavitt Peak

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Leavitt Peak
Highest point
Elevation 11,573 ft (3,527 m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence 2,049 ft (625 m) [3]
Listing Sierra Peaks Section[1]
Coordinates 38°17′10″N 119°39′05″W / 38.286192556°N 119.651263039°W / 38.286192556; -119.651263039Coordinates: 38°17′10″N 119°39′05″W / 38.286192556°N 119.651263039°W / 38.286192556; -119.651263039[2]
Location Mono / Tuolumne counties, California, U.S.
Topo map USGS Sonora Pass
Easiest route off trail hike, class 1[1]

Leavitt Peak is located in the Emigrant Wilderness near Sonora Pass in the eastern Sierra Nevada range of California. Leavitt Peak is located on the Tuolumne County - Mono County line. The Pacific Crest Trail runs close to the east of Leavitt Peak, at an elevation of about 10,800 feet (3,290 m) elevation.[4] The peak offers views south to Yosemite National Park and north towards South Lake Tahoe.

Leavitt Peak is named for Hiram Leavitt, a native of New Hampshire, who built a hotel and home in 1863 at the foot of the east end of Sonora Pass[5] to serve the growing number of travelers between Sonora and Aurora, primarily miners headed to the gold mines at nearby Bodie. Leavitt also erected a stagecoach station at what is called Leavitt Station. Leavitt was an early judge in Mono County. Leavitt Peak is a popular hiking destination. Leavitt Lake and Leavitt Meadow are nearby along the West Walker River and are also named for the early Leavitt family settlers. Leavitt's is recorded on Charles F. Hoffmann's map of 1873.[6] and Levitt Peak appears on the Mining Bureau map of 1891.

The view south from the summit of Leavitt Peak. Emigrant Wilderness, Eastern Sierra Nevadas


  1. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. 
  2. ^ a b "Leavitt". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  3. ^ "Leavitt Peak, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-08-07. 
  4. ^ "Leavitt Peak". SummitPost.org. 
  5. ^ Gudde, Erwin G (1949). California Place Names: A Geographical Dictionary (Paperback ed.). Berkeley and Los Angeles: University of California Press. p. 185. OCLC 1197857. 
  6. ^ Topographical Map of Central California together with a part of Nevada, 1873.

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