Matterhorn Peak

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Matterhorn Peak
Looking west from Horse Creek
Highest point
Elevation 12,285 ft (3,744 m)  NAVD 88[3]
Prominence 1,559 ft (475 m) [3]
Parent peak Twin Peaks[1]
Listing SPS Emblem peak[2]
Coordinates 38°05′36″N 119°22′58″W / 38.0932538°N 119.3826614°W / 38.0932538; -119.3826614Coordinates: 38°05′36″N 119°22′58″W / 38.0932538°N 119.3826614°W / 38.0932538; -119.3826614[4]
Location Mono / Tuolumne counties, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Matterhorn Peak
First ascent 1899 by M. R. Dempster and party[5]
Easiest route Scramble, class 2[5]

Matterhorn Peak is located in the Sierra Nevada, in the western U.S. state of California, at the northern boundary of Yosemite National Park. At 12,285 feet (3,744 m) elevation, it is the tallest peak in the craggy Alps-like Sawtooth Ridge and the northernmost 12,000-foot (3,700 m) peak in the Sierra Nevada. The peak also supports the Sierra's northernmost glacier system. It was named after the Matterhorn in the Alps.[citation needed]

The peak can be ascended without climbing gear.

In popular culture[edit]

Jack Kerouac, in The Dharma Bums (1958), describes a hike up and a run down the mountain. This led to the classic observation, "You can't fall off a mountain."[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Matterhorn Peak". Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  2. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  3. ^ a b "Matterhorn Peak, California". Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  4. ^ "Matterhorn Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-08. 
  5. ^ a b Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. pp. 48, 327. ISBN 9780871561473. 
  6. ^ Kerouac, Jack (2006). The Dharma bums. New York: Penguin Books. p. 64. ISBN 0-14-303960-1. 

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