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Mount Silliman

Coordinates: 36°38′36″N 118°41′47″W / 36.6432761°N 118.6964871°W / 36.6432761; -118.6964871
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Mount Silliman
Mount Silliman, from the north near Silliman Pass
Highest point
Elevation11,193 ft (3,412 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence828 ft (252 m)[1]
Parent peakMidway Mountain
ListingMountains of California
Coordinates36°38′36″N 118°41′47″W / 36.6432761°N 118.6964871°W / 36.6432761; -118.6964871[2]
Mount Silliman is located in California
Mount Silliman
Mount Silliman
Mount Silliman is located in the United States
Mount Silliman
Mount Silliman
LocationTulare County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Silliman
First ascentJune 28, 1864 by Clarence King, James Gardiner, Richard Cotter, and William Brewer[3]
Easiest routeScramble from Sillman Pass, class 2[4]

Mount Silliman is a mountain in California along the boundary between Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park The summit, at 11,193 feet (3,412 m) is on the Sillman Crest, a part of the Kings-Kaweah Divide.



The peak was named by members of the Whitney Survey in honor of Benjamin Silliman, professor of chemistry at Yale College. William Brewer, the head of the survey, had studied agricultural chemistry under Silliman. Besides the mountain and crest, there are a pass, a creek, a meadow and a lake that bear the name Silliman.[3]

The first recorded ascent was by Clarence King, James Gardiner, Richard Cotter, and William Brewer on June 28, 1864.[3]



The summit can be approached by way of the Twin Lakes trail from the Lodgepole Campground on the Generals Highway. From Sillman Pass traverse (class 2) to the east ridge and follow it to the summit. There are several more technical routes to the summit which are mostly class 5.6 or more difficult.[4][5]



The rare foxtail pine grows directly below Silliman's summit.

See also



  1. ^ a b "Mount Silliman, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  2. ^ "Mount Silliman". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  3. ^ a b c Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. p. 199. ISBN 0899971199.
  4. ^ a b Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. ISBN 978-0898869712.
  5. ^ "Mount Silliman". SummitPost.org.