Mount Morgan (Inyo County, California)

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Mount Morgan
Mt Morgan.jpg
Morgan seen from Little Lakes Valley
Highest point
Elevation13,754 ft (4,192 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence2,628 ft (801 m) [2]
Parent peakNorth Palisade[3]
Coordinates37°24′19″N 118°43′59″W / 37.405257017°N 118.732925392°W / 37.405257017; -118.732925392Coordinates: 37°24′19″N 118°43′59″W / 37.405257017°N 118.732925392°W / 37.405257017; -118.732925392[1]
LocationInyo County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Morgan
First ascentAbout 1870 by the Wheeler Survey party[6]
Easiest routeScramble, class 2[4]

Mount Morgan is a mountain located in northwestern Inyo County, California, in the John Muir Wilderness of the Inyo National Forest.


Morgan stands within the endorheic watershed of Owens Lake, now a mostly dry lake since its main source of water, the Owens River, was diverted to supply Los Angeles. The west and north sides of Mt. Morgan drain into Rock Creek, thence into the Owens River. The east and south sides of Morgan drain into Morgan Creek, thence into Pine Creek, and into lower Rock Creek.


Morgan can be accessed by trail from Rock Creek Canyon, above Tom's Place on 395. Its trailhead is at the far end of the lake. The trail is well marked the first 4 miles (6.4 km) to Francis Lake, where it ends. From there it is a scramble up rocky slopes for 2 miles (3.2 km) to the summit.[7]


In 1878 members of the Wheeler Survey, who made the first ascent in about 1870,[6] named the mountain for one of its members, J.H. Morgan of Alabama.[8]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Morgan". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  2. ^ "Mount Morgan, California". Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  3. ^ "Morgan Pass". Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  4. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  5. ^ "Western States Climbers List". Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  6. ^ a b Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. p. 341. ISBN 9780871561473.
  7. ^ "Lake Francis Trail". Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  8. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1949). California Place Names. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press. p. 224.

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