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Mount Kaweah

Coordinates: 36°31′34″N 118°28′42″W / 36.5260491°N 118.4784256°W / 36.5260491; -118.4784256
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Mount Kaweah
Mount Kaweah from Red Spur, circa 1932
Highest point
Elevation13,807 ft (4,208 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence2,027 ft (618 m)[1]
Coordinates36°31′34″N 118°28′42″W / 36.5260491°N 118.4784256°W / 36.5260491; -118.4784256[4]
Mount Kaweah is located in California
Mount Kaweah
Mount Kaweah
LocationTulare County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeGreat Western Divide, Sierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Triple Divide Peak
First ascentSeptember 1881 by Frederick H. Wales, William B. Wallace and James W. A. Wright[5]
Easiest routeHike, class 1[6]

Mount Kaweah (/kəˈw.ə/) is a mountain in California's Sequoia National Park and forms part of the Kaweah Peaks Ridge, a spur of the Great Western Divide which extends south from Triple Divide Peak. It has a summit elevation of 13,807 ft (4,208 m), the highest along the Kaweah Peaks Ridge. It is the closest mountain with foothills to Los Angeles.



The peak was named for the Kaweah River which has its headwaters to the west of the Kaweah Peaks Ridge. The Kaweahs, however, drain into the Kern River.[1] The Kaweah River was named for the Kawai (or Gā'wia) tribe, members of the Yokuts people. The Yokuts were once known as Mariposa.[7]

Foxtail Pine


A rare pine, the Foxtail Pine, lives on the southern slopes of Mount Kaweah.[8]

Foxtail Pine below Mount Kaweah (2011)

Highest mountain in the southwest Sierra


Mount Kaweah is the highest mountain in the southwest Sierra.[6][9]

See also



South aspect from Chagoopa Plateau
  1. ^ a b c "Mount Kaweah, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  2. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
  3. ^ "Western States Climbers Qualifying Peak List". Climber.org. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  4. ^ "Mount Kaweah". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2008-12-29.
  5. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club.
  6. ^ a b Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 183. ISBN 978-0898869712.
  7. ^ Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-89997-119-3.
  8. ^ "Photo of the habitat view of Foxtail Pine". All Things Plants. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  9. ^ Langenbacher. "Mount Kaweah". summitpost.org. Retrieved 1 July 2017.