Lippincott Mountain

Coordinates: 36°31′16″N 118°33′47″W / 36.5211685°N 118.5631057°W / 36.5211685; -118.5631057
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Lippincott Mountain
Northwest aspect, from Bearpaw Camp
Highest point
Elevation12,265 ft (3,738 m)[1]
Prominence1,225 ft (373 m)[1]
Parent peakBlack Kaweah (13,686 ft)[2]
Isolation3.11 mi (5.01 km)[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates36°31′16″N 118°33′47″W / 36.5211685°N 118.5631057°W / 36.5211685; -118.5631057[3]
EtymologyJoseph Barlow Lippincott[4]
Lippincott Mountain is located in California
Lippincott Mountain
Lippincott Mountain
Location in California
Lippincott Mountain is located in the United States
Lippincott Mountain
Lippincott Mountain
Lippincott Mountain (the United States)
LocationSequoia National Park
Tulare County
California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Great Western Divide[1]
Topo mapUSGS Triple Divide Peak
Age of rockCretaceous
Mountain typeFault block
Type of rockgranitic
First ascent1922 Norman Clyde
Easiest routeclass 2 East ridge

Lippincott Mountain is a mountain summit with an elevation of 12,264 feet (3,738 m), located on the Great Western Divide of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in Tulare County of northern California.[3] It is situated in Sequoia National Park, 1.5 miles (2.4 km) north of Mount Eisen, and 1.7 miles (2.7 km) south of Eagle Scout Peak. Topographic relief is significant as the east aspect rises 2,660 feet (810 m) above Big Arroyo in 1.5 mile. Lippincott Mountain ranks as the 351st highest summit in California.[2] The High Sierra Trail traverses below the eastern slope of this mountain, providing an approach option. The southeast slope and east ridge are class 2, and the northwest ridge is a class 3 scramble.[5]


This mountain's name was officially adopted in 1928 by the United States Board on Geographic Names to honor Joseph Barlow Lippincott (1864–1942), hydrographer for the United States Geological Survey and the United States Reclamation Service, from 1894 to 1904.[3] Lippincott had a role in the California water wars and construction of the Los Angeles Aqueduct which diverted water from the Owens Valley to Los Angeles. The first ascent of the summit was made in 1922 by Norman Clyde, who is credited with 130 first ascents, most of which were in the Sierra Nevada.[6]


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Lippincott Mountain is located in an alpine climate zone.[7] 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 the mountain drains west into tributaries of Kaweah River, and east to Big Arroyo, which is a tributary of the Kern River.

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  1. ^ a b c "Lippincott Mountain, California". Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  2. ^ a b c "Lippincott Mountain - 12,265' CA". Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  3. ^ a b c "Lippincott Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-05-24.
  4. ^ Francis P. Farquhar, Place Names of the High Sierra (1926)
  5. ^ Steve Roper, The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra, 1976, Sierra Club Books, ISBN 9780871561473, page 284.
  6. ^ Mildred Jentsch and Arthur J. Reyman, A Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra (1954)
  7. ^ 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.

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