Mount Mary Austin

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Mount Mary Austin
Mount Mary Austin is located in California
Mount Mary Austin
Mount Mary Austin
Highest point
Elevation 13,057 ft (3,980 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 518 ft (158 m) [1]
Coordinates 36°48′57″N 118°21′46″W / 36.8157678°N 118.3628753°W / 36.8157678; -118.3628753Coordinates: 36°48′57″N 118°21′46″W / 36.8157678°N 118.3628753°W / 36.8157678; -118.3628753[2]
Location Inyo County, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Kearsarge Peak
First ascent May 3, 1965 by Andy Smatko, Tom Ross, Ellen Siegal and Eric Schumacher[3]
Easiest route Scramble, class 2[4]

Mount Mary Austin is a mountain east of the Sierra Crest and west of Independence, California. It is named in honor of Mary Hunter Austin,[2] the author of The Land of Little Rain and natural historian who lived in Independence. The mountain is in the John Muir Wilderness. Special permits to enter this area have been required in the past since it is habitat for the Sierra Nevada bighorn sheep, an endangered species. Check locally for current information. The U.S. Forest Service does not advice the use of pack goats in this area.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Mount Mary Austin, California". Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  2. ^ a b "Mount Mary Austin". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-03-23. 
  3. ^ Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 174. ISBN 9780898869712. 
  4. ^ "Mt. Mary Austin Details". Vulgarian Ramblers. Retrieved 2016-03-22. 
  5. ^ "Outdoor Safety & Ethics". Inyo National Forest, United States Forest Service. Retrieved 2016-03-22. 

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