Mount Jordan

Coordinates: 36°40′56″N 118°26′59″W / 36.6822482°N 118.4497850°W / 36.6822482; -118.4497850
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Mount Jordan
Mt. Jordan centered, Mt. Genevra to left (shaded), seen from Mt. Brewer
Highest point
Elevation13,343 ft (4,067 m)[1]
Prominence613 ft (187 m)[1]
Parent peakThunder Mountain (13,523 ft)[2]
Isolation1.70 mi (2.74 km)[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates36°40′56″N 118°26′59″W / 36.6822482°N 118.4497850°W / 36.6822482; -118.4497850[3]
EtymologyDavid Starr Jordan
Mount Jordan is located in California
Mount Jordan
Mount Jordan
Location in California
Mount Jordan is located in the United States
Mount Jordan
Mount Jordan
Mount Jordan (the United States)
LocationKings Canyon National Park
Sequoia National Park
Tulare County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Kings–Kern Divide[1]
Topo mapUSGS Mount Brewer
Type of rockgranitic
First ascent1925, Norman Clyde
Easiest routeclass 4[2]

Mount Jordan is a remote 13,343-foot-elevation (4,067-meter) mountain summit located on the Kings–Kern Divide of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in Tulare County of northern California.[3] It is situated on the shared boundary of Kings Canyon National Park with Sequoia National Park, 3.1 miles (5.0 km) southwest of Mount Stanford, and one mile west of Mount Genevra, which is the nearest neighbor. Topographic relief is significant as the north aspect rises 3,313 feet (1,010 meters) above Lake Reflection in 1.3 mile. Mount Jordan ranks as the 84th highest summit in California,[2] and the fifth-highest peak on the KingsKern Divide.[1]


The mountain's name was proposed by the Sierra Club in 1925 to honor David Starr Jordan (1851–1931), the founding president of Stanford University.[3][4] This mountain's name was officially adopted in 1926 by the United States Board on Geographic Names.[3]

Dr. Jordan, with a party of Stanford associates, spent several weeks of 1899 in the Bubbs Creek region, exploring and mapping Ouzel Creek, to which he gave its name, and he climbed Mount Stanford on August 16, 1899.[5]

In July 2020, the president of the Sierra Club denounced Jordan for being one of the "vocal advocates for white supremacy and its pseudo-scientific arm, eugenics." The president also announced, "We will also spend the next year studying our history and determining which of our monuments need to be renamed or pulled down entirely." It is not yet clear on how such a reassessment would affect the status of Mount Jordan, which the club had helped to name.[6]

The probable first ascent of the lower north summit was made July 15, 1925, by Norman Clyde, who is credited with 130 first ascents, most of which were in the Sierra Nevada.[5]


Established climbing routes:[7]

  • From the south – First ascent in 1936, by two Sierra Club parties led by Lewis Clark and Carl Jensen
  • North face – August 3, 1940, by Art Argiewicz and six others
  • West face – descended August 3, 1940, by Art Argiewicz and party


Mount Jordan is located in an alpine climate zone.[8] 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 the mountain drains north to Bubbs Creek, and south into headwaters of the Kern River.

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  1. ^ a b c d "Mount Jordan, California". Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  2. ^ a b c d "Jordan, Mount - 13,353' CA". Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mount Jordan". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  4. ^ Erwin G. Gudde, California Place Names, University of California Press, 1969, ISBN 9780520266193.
  5. ^ a b Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). "Place Names of the High Sierra" – via Yosemite Online.
  6. ^ Brune, Michael (July 22, 2020). "Pulling Down Our Monuments". Sierra Club.
  7. ^ Voge, Hervey (1954). "A Climber's Guide to the High Sierra" – via Yosemite Online.
  8. ^ "Climate of the Sierra Nevada". Encyclopædia Britannica.

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