List of first ascents in the Sierra Nevada (U.S.)

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This list of first ascents in the Sierra Nevada can be sorted by any listed characteristic. The route taken and its Yosemite Decimal System rating are given where known. The only criterion for inclusion is the historic notability of the climb when it was completed. Both first ascents of summits by any route, and first ascents of technical non-summit routes, are listed.

Peak Height (ft) Height (m) Route YDS class Climbers Date Source
Red Lake Peak 10,068 3,069 John C. Fremont and Charles Preuss February 1844 Farquhar 1965
Mount Langley 14,032 4,277 South Slopes 1 William Bellows 1864 Secor
Red Slate Mountain 13,156 4,010 1 James Gardiner * disputed by Farquhar 1926 1864 Secor
Mount Brewer 13,576 4,138 South Ridge 2 William Brewer, Charles Hoffmann July 2, 1864 Secor
Mount Tyndall 14,025 4,275 North Rib 3 Clarence King, Richard Cotter July 6, 1864 Secor
Mount Clark 11,527 3,513 Southeast Arête 4 Clarence King, James Gardiner July 12, 1866 Secor
Cathedral Peak 10,911 3,326 West Face 4 John Muir September 1869 Secor
Mount Lyell 13,120 4,000 Lyell Glacier 2-3 John B. Tilestone August 29, 1871 Secor
Mount Whitney 14,505 4,421 West Slope 2 "The Fishermen" Charles Begole, Albert Johnson, John Lucas August 18, 1873 Secor
Half Dome 8,836 2,693 Cables Route 6 George Anderson October 12, 1875 Farquhar
Mount Starr King 9,096 2,772 Northeast Side 5.2 George Bailey, E. S. Schuyler August 1876 Secor
Mount Maclure 12,886 3,928 Southeast Ridge 3 Willard Johnson 1883 Secor
Mount Williamson 14,389 4,386 Southeast ridge from George Creek 2 W.L. Hunter, C. Mulholland 1884 Secor
Split Mountain 14,064 4,287 1 Frank Salque and party July 1887 Secor
Junction Peak 13,888 4,233 South Ridge 3 Edwin Copeland, E.N. Henderson August 8, 1899 Secor
Mount Sill 14,159 4,316 Southwest slope 2-3 Joseph N. LeConte, James Moffit, James Hutchinson, Robert Pike (Sierra Club) July 24, 1903 Secor
North Palisade 14,248 4,343 The LeConte Route 4 James S. Hutchinson, Joseph N. LeConte, James K. Moffitt July 25, 1903 Secor
Table Mountain 13,627 4,154 West Ridge, South Side 3 Gilbert Hassel, Fred Shoup & Paul Shoup August 25, 1908 Secor
Temple Crag 12,982 3,957 Southeast face 3 United States Geological Survey 1909 Secor
Milestone Mountain 13,641 4,158 Southwest Ridge 3 William E. Colby, Francis Farquhar & Robert Price July 14, 1912 Secor
Mount Muir 14,018 4,273 West face 3 LeRoy Jeffers 1919 Secor
Mount Humphreys 13,992 4,265 Southwest Slope and Northwest Face 4 George Bunn and party August 3, 1919 Secor
Black Kaweah 13,680 4,170 West Ridge 3 Onis Brown, James Hutchinson, Duncan McDuffie August 11, 1920 Secor
Triple Divide Peak 12,634 3,851 East Ridge 2-3 James Hutchinson, Charles Noble 1920 Secor
Middle Palisade 14,018 4,273 Farquhar Route 4 Francis Farquhar, Ansel Hall August 26, 1921 Secor
Mount Agassiz 13,899 4,236 Norman Clyde August 30, 1925 Secor
Mount Russell 14,094 4,296 East ridge 3 Norman Clyde June 24, 1926 Secor
Mount Morrison 12,366 3,769 East Slope 2 John Mendenhall or Norman Clyde 1928 Secor
Clyde Minaret 12,264 3,738 Glacier Route 4 Clyde, NormanNorman Clyde June 27, 1928 Secor
Norman Clyde Peak 13,861 4,225 North face 3 Clyde, NormanNorman Clyde June 9, 1930 Secor
Thunderbolt Peak 14,003 4,268 Underhill Couloir 4 Lewis Clark, Norman Clyde, Glen Dawson, Jules Eichorn, Francis Farquhar, Bestor Robinson, Robert L. M. Underhill August 13, 1931 Secor
Mount Farquhar 12,899 3,932 South Ridge 3 Norman Clyde and party July 17, 1932 Secor
Polemonium Peak 14,080 4,290 U Notch 5.2 Lewis Clark, Julie Mortimer, Jack Riegelhuth, Ted Waller August 2, 1933 Secor
Mount Le Conte 13,930 4,250 3 Clyde, NormanNorman Clyde June 1935 Secor
North Dome 7,542 2,299 Royal Arches Route 5.10 Adam, Harris, Davis 1936 Roper; Steck
Lost Arrow Spire 6,930 2,110 Spire Chimney 5.10 Ax Nelson, John Salathé 1947 Roper; Steck
Sentinel Rock 7,038 2,145 Steck-Salathe Route 5.9 John Salathé, Allen Steck 1950 Roper; Steck
Palisade Crest 13,559 4,133 Northwest ridge 4 Don Jensen, Joan Jensen, Rex Post 1969 Secor

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