Mount Spencer (California)

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Mount Spencer
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Mount Spencer (center left) from Evolution Lake
Highest point
Elevation 12,431 ft (3,789 m)  NGVD 29[1]
Prominence 221 ft (67 m) [1]
Coordinates 37°09′19″N 118°40′54″W / 37.1552294°N 118.6816804°W / 37.1552294; -118.6816804Coordinates: 37°09′19″N 118°40′54″W / 37.1552294°N 118.6816804°W / 37.1552294; -118.6816804[2]
Mount Spencer is located in California
Mount Spencer
Mount Spencer
Mount Spencer is located in the US
Mount Spencer
Mount Spencer
Location Kings Canyon National Park, Fresno County, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada, Evolution Region
First ascent August 20, 1921 by Robert M. Prince, George J. young, H.W. Hill, and Peter Frandsen[3]
Easiest route Scramble from the southeast saddle, class 2[3]

Mount Spencer is a 12,431 feet (3,789 m) peak in the Sierra Nevada, in Kings Canyon National Park and Fresno County, California.

It is named for Herbert Spencer, an English philosopher and prominent scientist in the field of evolution who coined the term "survival of the fittest." Other nearby mountains in the Evolution Group include Mount Darwin, Mount Mendel, Mount Fiske, Mount Haeckel, Mount Huxley, Mount Wallace, and Mount Lamarck. The area around the peaks, known as the Evolution Region, includes Evolution Basin and Evolution Valley.

Although it is not a very well known peak, it offers a picturesque view from Evolution Lake and the John Muir Trail.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Mount Spencer, California". Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Mount Spencer". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  3. ^ a b Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 300. ISBN 9780898869712. 
  4. ^ "Mount Spencer". Retrieved 2016-03-24.