Mount Gould (California)

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Mount Gould
Mt gould summit.jpg
Mount Gould's summit from its south ridge, May 2009.
Highest point
Elevation13,011 ft (3,966 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence1,030 ft (314 m) [1]
Parent peakBlack Mountain[1]
ListingSierra Peaks Section[2]
Coordinates36°46′48″N 118°22′39″W / 36.7798674°N 118.3776199°W / 36.7798674; -118.3776199Coordinates: 36°46′48″N 118°22′39″W / 36.7798674°N 118.3776199°W / 36.7798674; -118.3776199[3]
Mount Gould is located in California
Mount Gould
Mount Gould
Location in California
Mount Gould is located in the United States
Mount Gould
Mount Gould
Mount Gould (the United States)
LocationFresno and Inyo Counties California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Clarence King
First ascentJuly 20, 1890, by J. N. LeConte, Hubert Dyer, Fred Pheby, and C. B. Lakeman[4]
Easiest routeScramble, class 3 from Kearsarge Pass[5]

Mount Gould is a thirteener on the Sierra crest, just north of the Kearsarge Pass.


Mount Gould's north-south ridge straddles the boundary between Fresno County and Kings Canyon National Park to the west, and Inyo County and the John Muir Wilderness to the east. Its western slopes drain to the Kings River, and its eastern slopes feed the Owens River.[1] Its nearest neighboring peaks are Dragon Peak to the north across Gould Pass, and Nameless Pyramid to the south across Kearsarge Pass.[5]

Climbing history[edit]

The first recorded ascent was in 1890 by Joseph N. LeConte, Hubert P. Dyer, Fred S. Pheby, and C. B. Lakeman. They called it University Peak. They scrambled the talus of Gould's south ridge, and climbed the more solid rock of its summit block. This route, by way of the Kearsarge Pass Trail from the Onion Valley trailhead, remains the easiest and most accessible approach.[5] In 1896, LeConte and a party climbed a higher peak, 2.4 miles (3.9 km) to the south, to which he transferred the name, University Peak. The next day he led a second climb of Mount Gould and named it for his companion, Wilson S. Gould.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Gould, California". Retrieved 2009-06-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  3. ^ "Mount Gould". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-06-21. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  4. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club.
  5. ^ a b c Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 171. ISBN 9780898869712.
  6. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (2004). California Place Names (4th ed.). Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 149. ISBN 0-520-24217-3.

External links[edit]

  • "Mount Gould". Retrieved 2011-05-31. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)