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Mount Carillon

Coordinates: 36°35′33″N 118°16′40″W / 36.5924211°N 118.2779091°W / 36.5924211; -118.2779091
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Mount Carillon
Mt. Carillon centered at top, south aspect
(Mt. Russell in upper left corner)
Highest point
Elevation13,559 ft (4,133 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence233 ft (71 m)[1]
Parent peakMount Russell (14,088 ft)[1]
Isolation0.41 mi (0.66 km)[1]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates36°35′33″N 118°16′40″W / 36.5924211°N 118.2779091°W / 36.5924211; -118.2779091[2]
Mount Carillon is located in California
Mount Carillon
Mount Carillon
Mount Carillon is located in the United States
Mount Carillon
Mount Carillon
LocationSequoia National Park
Tulare County / Inyo County
California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Whitney
Age of rockCretaceous
Mountain typeFault block
Type of rockgranitic
First ascent1925, Norman Clyde
Easiest routeSimple scramble class 2+[3]

Mount Carillon is a 13,559-foot-elevation (4,133-meter) mountain summit located on the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California.[2] It is situated on the common border of Tulare County with Inyo County, as well as the shared boundary of Sequoia National Park and John Muir Wilderness. It is set above the south shore of Tulainyo Lake, 12.5 miles (20.1 km) west of the community of Lone Pine, 1.25 miles (2.01 km) northeast of Mount Whitney, and 0.7 miles (1.1 km) east-northeast of Mount Russell, the nearest higher neighbor. Topographic relief is significant as it rises approximately 5,180 feet (1,580 meters) above Whitney Portal in approximately two miles. Carillon has subpeaks, unofficially called "The Cleaver" (13,383 ft (4,079 m), 0.4 mile to the northeast, and "Impala" (12,073+ ft/3,680+ m), on the southeast ridge.[1]



The first ascent of the summit was made in 1925, by Norman Clyde, who is credited with 130 first ascents, most of which were in the Sierra Nevada.[4][5] The peak's name was submitted by Chester Versteeg of the Sierra Club, and officially adopted by the United States Board on Geographic Names in 1937.[2] It is so named because it is shaped like a bell tower, which often houses a carillon.[6]



According to the Köppen climate classification system, Mount Carillon has an alpine climate.[7] 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 this mountain drains west to the Kern River via Wallace Creek, and east to Owens Valley via Lone Pine Creek.



Established climbing routes:[8]

  • West Ridge via Russell-Carillon saddle (class 2) 1925 by Norman Clyde
  • Northeast Ridge (class 3)
  • Southeast Ridge (class 4)
  • East Face (class 5.8) 1968 by Fred Beckey, Chuck Haas
  • Impala, South Face (class 5.7) 1968 by Chuck Ray, Brad Fowler
  • Impala, Diagonal Route (class 5.7) 1968 by Fred Beckey, Charlie Raymond
  • The Winged Horse (class 5.8) 1970 by Fred Beckey, Jack Miller
  • Sweet Carillon (class 5.10+) 2008 by Andre Kiryanov, Shay Har-Noy[9]

See also



  1. ^ a b c d e "Mount Carillon, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  2. ^ a b c "Mount Carillon". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  3. ^ Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. p. 304. ISBN 978-0871561473.
  4. ^ Mendenhall, John D. and Ruth; Johnson, Arthur B.; Gigas, Braeme; Koster, Howard (1954). "A Climber's Guide to the High Sierra". Yosemite Online. Retrieved 2021-11-05.
  5. ^ "Norman Clyde - Mountaineer". OwensValleyHistory.com. Retrieved 2021-11-05.
  6. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1969). California Place Names. University of California Press. p. 66. ISBN 978-0520266193.
  7. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11 (5): 1633. Bibcode:2007HESS...11.1633P. doi:10.5194/hess-11-1633-2007. ISSN 1027-5606.
  8. ^ Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 254. ISBN 978-0898869712.
  9. ^ Har-Noy, Shay (2009). "Mt. Carillon, Sweet Carillon and Pipe-Line". American Alpine Journal. Retrieved 2021-11-05.