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Mount Baldwin (California)

Coordinates: 37°31′55″N 118°51′05″W / 37.5320615°N 118.8512690°W / 37.5320615; -118.8512690
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Mount Baldwin
Northeast aspect
Highest point
Elevation12,614 ft (3,845 m)[1][2]
Prominence518 ft (158 m)[3]
Parent peakRed Slate Mountain (13,163 ft)[2]
Isolation1.97 mi (3.17 km)[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates37°31′55″N 118°51′05″W / 37.5320615°N 118.8512690°W / 37.5320615; -118.8512690[4]
Mount Baldwin is located in California
Mount Baldwin
Mount Baldwin
Location in California
Mount Baldwin is located in the United States
Mount Baldwin
Mount Baldwin
Mount Baldwin (the United States)
CountryUnited States
Protected areaJohn Muir Wilderness
Parent rangeSierra Nevada[3]
Topo mapUSGS Convict Lake
Age of rockPaleozoic
Type of rockmetamorphic rock
First ascent1928[5]
Easiest routeclass 2[2]

Mount Baldwin is a 12,614-foot-elevation (3,845-meter) mountain summit located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Mono County of northern California, United States.[4] It is situated in the John Muir Wilderness on land managed by Inyo National Forest. It is four miles north of Red and White Mountain, and approximately 10.5 miles (16.9 km) southeast of the community of Mammoth Lakes. The nearest higher neighbor is Red Slate Mountain, 2 miles (3.2 km) to the south-southwest.[3] Baldwin ranks as the 257th highest summit in California.[2] Topographic relief is significant as the east aspect rises 3,775 feet (1,151 meters) above McGee Canyon in 1.5 mile. The first ascent of the summit was made July 2, 1928, by Norman Clyde, who is credited with 130 first ascents, most of which were in the Sierra Nevada.[1]


Mount Baldwin is located in an alpine climate zone.[6] 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 east to Crowley Lake via McGee Creek, and west into Convict Creek, thence Convict Lake.


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  1. ^ a b R. J. Secor, The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, Trails, 2009, Third Edition, Mountaineers Books, ISBN 9781594857386, page 364.
  2. ^ a b c d e "Baldwin, Mount - 12,614' CA". listsofjohn.com. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  3. ^ a b c "Mount Baldwin, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  4. ^ a b "Mount Baldwin". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-06-06.
  5. ^ George Bloom and John D. Mendenhall, A Climber's Guide to the High Sierra (1954)
  6. ^ "Climate of the Sierra Nevada". Encyclopædia Britannica.

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