Matterhorn Peak

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Matterhorn Peak
Looking west from Horse Creek
Highest point
Elevation12,285 ft (3,744 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence1,559 ft (475 m)[1]
Parent peakTwin Peaks[2]
Coordinates38°05′35″N 119°22′54″W / 38.0929700°N 119.3817903°W / 38.0929700; -119.3817903Coordinates: 38°05′35″N 119°22′54″W / 38.0929700°N 119.3817903°W / 38.0929700; -119.3817903[6]
LocationMono / Tuolumne counties, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Matterhorn Peak
First ascent1899 by M. R. Dempster and party[7]
Easiest routeScramble, class 2[7]

Matterhorn Peak is located in the Sierra Nevada, in 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. Matterhorn Peak is near Twin Peaks, and just north of Whorl Mountain.

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."[8]

See also[edit]

Matterhorn Peak


  1. ^ a b "Matterhorn Peak, California". Retrieved 2009-08-08.[self-published source?]
  2. ^ "Matterhorn Peak". Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  3. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-08-08.
  4. ^ "Vagmarken Sierra Crest List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  5. ^ "Western States Climbers Qualifying Peak List". Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  6. ^ "Matterhorn Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2021-11-22.
  7. ^ a b Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. pp. 48, 327. ISBN 978-0871561473.
  8. ^ Kerouac, Jack (2006). The Dharma bums. New York: Penguin Books. p. 64. ISBN 0-14-303960-1.

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