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Mount Perkins (California)

Coordinates: 36°55′38″N 118°22′53″W / 36.9271662°N 118.3814360°W / 36.9271662; -118.3814360
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Mount Perkins
West aspect
Highest point
Elevation12,572 ft (3,832 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence329 ft (100 m)[1]
Parent peakMount Wynne (13,179 ft)[1]
Isolation0.88 mi (1.42 km)[2]
Coordinates36°55′38″N 118°22′53″W / 36.9271662°N 118.3814360°W / 36.9271662; -118.3814360[4]
EtymologyGeorge Clement Perkins
Mount Perkins is located in California
Mount Perkins
Mount Perkins
Location in California
Mount Perkins is located in the United States
Mount Perkins
Mount Perkins
Mount Perkins (the United States)
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Pinchot
First ascent1910 by Dave King[5]
Easiest routeclass 2[5]

Mount Perkins is a 12,566-foot-elevation (3,830 meter) mountain summit located on the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in northern California.[4] It is situated on the common border of Fresno County with Inyo County, as well as the boundary between John Muir Wilderness and Kings Canyon National Park. It is 13.5 miles (21.7 km) northwest of the community of Independence, 1.65 miles (2.66 km) north of Mount Cedric Wright, 2.2 miles (3.5 km) east of Crater Mountain, and 1.4 miles (2.3 km) southeast of Mount Wynne. Climbing routes to the summit include the west slope, and the north and south ridges. The John Muir Trail traverses below the west base of the peak on its descent south from Pinchot Pass, providing an approach to the mountain.



This mountain was named by Sierra Club member Robert D. Pike in 1906 in honor of George Clement Perkins (1839–1923), a Sierra Club charter member, 14th Governor of California (1880–1883), and United States Senator from California (1893–1915).[6] The first ascent of the summit was made in 1910 by Dave King.[5]



According to the Köppen climate classification system, Mount Perkins has an alpine climate.[7] 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 this mountain drains west into headwaters of the South Fork Kings River, and east to the Owens Valley via Armstrong Canyon.[citation needed]

See also



  1. ^ a b c "Mount Perkins, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  2. ^ "Perkins, Mount CA". ListsOfJohn.com. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  3. ^ "Vagmarken Sierra Crest List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2021-12-01.
  4. ^ a b "Mount Perkins". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-04-29.
  5. ^ a b c Secor, R.J. (1992). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (1st ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 132. ISBN 978-0898863130.
  6. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra.
  7. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11. ISSN 1027-5606.