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Mount Pickering

Coordinates: 36°31′38″N 118°17′27″W / 36.5272735°N 118.2908888°W / 36.5272735; -118.2908888
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Mount Pickering
East aspect, from Mount Langley
Highest point
Elevation13,474 ft (4,107 m)[1]
Prominence547 ft (167 m)[1]
Parent peakMount McAdie (13,799 ft)[2]
Isolation1.88 mi (3.03 km)[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates36°31′38″N 118°17′27″W / 36.5272735°N 118.2908888°W / 36.5272735; -118.2908888[3]
EtymologyEdward Charles Pickering
Mount Pickering is located in California
Mount Pickering
Mount Pickering
Location in California
Mount Pickering is located in the United States
Mount Pickering
Mount Pickering
Mount Pickering (the United States)
LocationSequoia National Park
Tulare County
California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Whitney
Age of rockCretaceous
Mountain typeFault block
Type of rockgranitic
First ascent1936
Easiest routeclass 2[4] Southeast arête

Mount Pickering is a 13,474-foot-elevation (4,107 meter) mountain summit located just west of the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Tulare County, California.[3] It is situated in Sequoia National Park, and is 3.1 miles (5.0 km) south of Mount Whitney, 1.2 mile (1.9 km) southeast of Mount Chamberlin, and one mile south of Mount Newcomb. Mt. Pickering ranks as the 65th highest summit in California.[2] Topographic relief is significant as it rises nearly 2,000 feet above Sky Blue Lake in approximately one mile. This mountain's name was proposed by the Sierra Club and officially adopted in 1940 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to honor American astronomer Edward Charles Pickering (1846–1919).[3] The immediate area has other geographical features named for astronomers, including Mount Newcomb, Mount Langley, Mount Young, and Mount Hale. The first ascent of the summit was made July 16, 1936, by Chester Versteeg, Tyler Van Degrift, and Oliver Kehrlein.[5]



Mount Pickering has an alpine climate. 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 to the Kern River via Rock Creek.


See also



  1. ^ a b "Mount Pickering, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  2. ^ a b c "Pickering, Mount - 13,474' CA". listsofjohn.com. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  3. ^ a b c "Mount Pickering". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  4. ^ Steve Roper, The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra, 1976, Sierra Club Books, ISBN 9780871561473, page 322.
  5. ^ John D. and Ruth Mendenhall, Arthur B. Johnson, Braeme Gigas, Howard Koster, A Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra, (1954)