Matthes Crest

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Matthes Crest
Matthes crest yosemite backcountry view from west side.jpg
Matthes crest from the west side.
Highest point
Elevation 10,923 ft (3,329 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 278 ft (85 m) [1]
Parent peak Echo Ridge
Coordinates 37°49′24″N 119°23′51″W / 37.823259°N 119.3973791°W / 37.823259; -119.3973791Coordinates: 37°49′24″N 119°23′51″W / 37.823259°N 119.3973791°W / 37.823259; -119.3973791[2]
Parent range Cathedral Range, Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Tenaya Lake
Age of rock Cretaceous
Mountain type Granite arête
First ascent 1931 by Jules Eichorn, Glen Dawson and Walter Brem[3]
Easiest route Rock climb class 5.7[4]

Matthes Crest is an approximately mile-long fin of rock with two summits separated by a deep notch. It is a part of the Cathedral Range, which is a mountain range in the south-central portion of Yosemite National Park. The range is part of the Sierra Nevada.

History and Geology[edit]

Matthes crest is named for François E. Matthes, a cartographer and author who described the geology in the region where Matthes Crest lies. It was originally named "Echo Ridge" due to its proximity to the Echo Peaks.[5] Matthes crest arose as a nunatak in the glacial field which covered Tuolumne during the last ice age.[6]


The first known ascent of Matthes Crest was by Jules Eichorn, Glen Dawson, and Walter Brem on June 16, 1931.[3] Climbing Matthes Crest by traversing the ridge from south to north is a popular alpine climbing activity today.[7]

Matthes Crest
Matthes Crest from the west side 
Matthes Crest from the north east side 


  1. ^ a b "Matthes Crest, California". Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  2. ^ "Matthes Crest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-12-29. 
  3. ^ a b Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. p. 335. ISBN 9780871561473. 
  4. ^ Barnes, G. and McNamara, C. and Roper, S. (2009). Tuolumne Free Climbs. SuperTopo. ISBN 9780976523574. 
  5. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. 
  6. ^ Matthes, Francois (1950). The Incomparable Valley, A Geological Interpretation of the Yosemite. The University of California Press. 
  7. ^ "Matthes Crest". Retrieved 2014-05-25. 

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