Mount Goddard

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Mount Goddard
Mount Goddard California.jpg
Mt. Goddard from the south (G.K. Gilbert,1904).
Highest point
Elevation13,564 ft (4,134 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence1,568 ft (478 m) [2]
Parent peakMount Darwin[2]
Coordinates37°06′11″N 118°43′12″W / 37.103117983°N 118.719902669°W / 37.103117983; -118.719902669Coordinates: 37°06′11″N 118°43′12″W / 37.103117983°N 118.719902669°W / 37.103117983; -118.719902669[1]
Mount Goddard is located in California
Mount Goddard
Mount Goddard
Location in California
LocationKings Canyon National Park, Fresno County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Goddard
First ascentSeptember 23, 1879 by Lilbourne A. Winchell and Louis W. Davis[5]
Easiest routeScramble, class 2 by Starr's Route or the East Slope[6]

Mount Goddard is a mountain of California's Sierra Nevada, in the north section of Kings Canyon National Park. Goddard forms the southwest boundary of the Evolution Basin.

The peak is named for civil engineer George Henry Goddard, who surveyed the Sierra Nevada during the 1850s. The name was given by William Brewer's California Geological Survey party in 1864, during which year they made two unsuccessful attempts to climb the mountain.[5]

Fifteen years later, Lilbourne Winchell and Louis Davis completed the first recorded ascent on September 23, 1879. They scrambled up class 2 rock from the east side of Martha Lake to Goddard Col, and a lake and chute beyond. From here they attained the summit by way of the Southwest Ridge, and a short class 3 ridge between the two summits of Mount Goddard.[6]


  1. ^ a b "Goddard". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2008-06-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ a b "Mount Goddard, California". Retrieved 2009-01-18. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  4. ^ "Western States Climbers List". Retrieved 2016-03-25.
  5. ^ a b Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  6. ^ a b Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 281–283. ISBN 9780898869712.

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