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Mount Cotter

Coordinates: 36°49′08″N 118°26′30″W / 36.8188246°N 118.4417647°W / 36.8188246; -118.4417647
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Mount Cotter
Mount Cotter is located in California
Mount Cotter
Mount Cotter
Location in California
Highest point
Elevation12,719 ft (3,877 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence542 ft (165 m)[1]
Parent peakMount Clarence King[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section[3]
Coordinates36°49′08″N 118°26′30″W / 36.8188246°N 118.4417647°W / 36.8188246; -118.4417647[4]
EtymologyRichard D. Cotter
LocationKings Canyon National Park, Fresno County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Clarence King
First ascentSoutheast Slope 1922 by Bob Fitzsimons[5]
Easiest routeSoutheast Slope, Scramble, class 2-3[5]

Mount Cotter, located in the Kings Canyon National Park, is named for Dick Cotter who was a packer with the California Geological Survey in 1864. Cotter and Clarence King made the first ascent of Mount Tyndall.[6] The Mountain has an elevation of 12,719 feet (3,877 m).[1]

The mountain is easily climbed from Gardiner Basin with a class 2-3 slope. There are more difficult routes found on the north and east sides of Mount Cotter. The mountain features a large class 4-5 summit block. Mount Cotter can be reached from the west or east side of the Sierra Nevada.

Wilderness permits are required for overnight stays entering from either the east or west. There is a Visitors Center in Grant Grove that can inform visitors of when the office at Road's End will be open.

Camping is allowed in many places along the approach to Mt Cotter. Kearsarge Lakes, Charlotte Lake, and Rae Lakes all have a maximum 2 nights stay, and Bullfrog Lake along the Kearsarge Pass Trail is closed to camping. Bear canisters are required for overnight stays.[7]

Mt. Cotter (left) with Mt. Clarence King (centered), from Glen Pass


  1. ^ a b c "Mount Cotter, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  2. ^ "Mount Cotter". ListsOfJohn.com. Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  3. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  4. ^ "Mount Cotter". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-08-21.
  5. ^ a b Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 166–167. ISBN 978-0898869712.
  6. ^ Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. p. 47. ISBN 978-0-89997-119-3.
  7. ^ "Mount Cotter". SummitPost.org. Retrieved 2014-03-05.