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Mount Corcoran

Coordinates: 36°32′19″N 118°15′02″W / 36.5385517°N 118.2504845°W / 36.5385517; -118.2504845
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Mount Corcoran
Corcoran Mountain[1]
East aspect centered. (Mt. Le Conte to right)
Highest point
Elevation4,176 m (13,701 ft) Edit this on Wikidata
Prominence197 ft (60 m)[2]
Parent peakMount Le Conte[2]
Coordinates36°32′19″N 118°15′02″W / 36.5385517°N 118.2504845°W / 36.5385517; -118.2504845[1]
EtymologyWilliam Wilson Corcoran
Mount Corcoran is located in California
Mount Corcoran
Mount Corcoran
Mount Corcoran is located in the United States
Mount Corcoran
Mount Corcoran
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Langley
Age of rockCretaceous
Mountain typeFault block
Type of rockGranitoid
First ascent1933 by Howard S. Gates[5]
Easiest routeScramble (class 2–3)[5]

Mount Corcoran is a 13,701-foot (4,176 m) mountain summit located on the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in California.[1] It is situated on the boundary between Tulare County and Inyo County, as well as the boundary between Sequoia National Park and John Muir Wilderness. It is 12 miles (19 km) west-southwest of the community of Lone Pine, 3.6 miles (5.8 km) southeast of Mount Whitney, 1.2 miles (1.9 km) northwest of Mount Langley, and 0.23 miles (0.37 km) immediately south of Mount Le Conte, the nearest higher neighbor. Topographic relief is significant as it rises approximately 1,800 feet (550 meters) above Iridescent Lake in one-half mile.


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Mount Corcoran has an alpine climate.[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 this mountain drains west to the Kern River via Rock Creek, and east to Owens Valley via Tuttle Creek.


The mountain known today as Mount Langley was named Mount Corcoran in 1868 by artistic painter Albert Bierstadt in honor of William Wilson Corcoran (1839–1923), an American banker, philanthropist, and art collector.[1] 1891 and 1933 decision descriptions by the United States Board on Geographic Names placed the Corcoran name at what is now known as Mount Langley. A 1968 board decision officially applied the Mount Corcoran name to the highest and northernmost of four pinnacles on the ridge immediately south of Mount Le Conte and north of Mt. Langley.[1]

The first ascent of the summit was made in 1933 by Howard S. Gates.[5]


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  1. ^ a b c d e "Mount Corcoran". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  2. ^ a b "Mount Corcoran, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-05-07.
  3. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  4. ^ "Western States Climbers Qualifying Peak List". Climber.org. Retrieved 2021-11-19.
  5. ^ a b c Secor, R. J. (1997). The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes and Trails (1st ed. revised). Seattle: The Mountaineers Books. p. 36. ISBN 978-0898869712.
  6. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L., T. A.; McMahon (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11. ISSN 1027-5606.

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