Mount Clark (California)

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Not to be confused with Clark Mountain (California).
Mount Clark
Mount Clark west face winter.jpg
West face from Glacier Point Road, January 2008.
Highest point
Elevation 11,527 ft (3,513 m)  NAVD 88[4]
Prominence 722 ft (220 m) [4]
Parent peak Chip Peak[1]
  • SPS Mountaineers peak[2]
  • Western States Climbers Star peak[3]
Coordinates 37°41′47″N 119°25′43″W / 37.6963183°N 119.4284859°W / 37.6963183; -119.4284859Coordinates: 37°41′47″N 119°25′43″W / 37.6963183°N 119.4284859°W / 37.6963183; -119.4284859[5]
Location Yosemite National Park
Mariposa County, California, U.S.
Parent range Clark Range, Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Merced Peak
First ascent 1866 by Clarence King and James T. Gardiner[6]
Easiest route Rock climb, class 4[7]

Mount Clark is a 11,527-foot (3,513 m) granite peak in the Clark Range, a sub-range of the Sierra Nevada. It is a popular destination for mountaineers.

Both the mountain and the range are named in honor of Galen Clark, an early explorer and the first guardian of Yosemite National Park.[8] Before it received its present name, it was known as Gothic Peak and then The Obelisk, the name used by the Whitney Survey.[9] Obelisk Lake, at 9,853 feet (3,003 m) lies on the mountain's northeast flank.


  1. ^ "Mount Clark". Retrieved 2011-05-31. 
  2. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  3. ^ "Western States Climbers List". Retrieved 2016-03-27. 
  4. ^ a b "Mount Clark". Retrieved 2011-05-05. 
  5. ^ "Mount Clark". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  6. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. 
  7. ^ Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 409–411. ISBN 9780898869712. 
  8. ^ Browning, Peter (2005). Yosemite Place Names: The Historic Background of Geographic Names in Yosemite National Park. Great West Books. p. 27. ISBN 978-0-944220-19-1. 
  9. ^ Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. p. 40. ISBN 978-0-89997-119-3. 

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