Mount Stewart (California)

Coordinates: 36°34′11″N 118°33′16″W / 36.5696616°N 118.5545389°W / 36.5696616; -118.5545389
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Mount Stewart
West aspect
Highest point
Elevation12,205+ ft (3721+ m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence440 ft (134 m)[1]
ListingSierra Peaks Section[2]
Coordinates36°34′11″N 118°33′16″W / 36.5696616°N 118.5545389°W / 36.5696616; -118.5545389[3]
Mount Stewart is located in California
Mount Stewart
Mount Stewart
Location of Mount Stewart in California
LocationTulare County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Triple Divide Peak
First ascent1932 by Norman Clyde[4]
Easiest routeScramble, class 2[2]

Mount Stewart is on the Great Western Divide, a sub-range of the Sierra Nevada in California. It is located in Sequoia National Park,[1] 2.1 miles (3.4 km) southeast of Triple Divide Peak and 2.7 miles (4.3 km) northwest of Black Kaweah. The High Sierra Trail traverses Kaweah Gap south of the summit, and Lilliput Glacier is on the mountain's northern flank.

The mountain is named for George W. Stewart, editor of Visalia Delta. Stewart was the leader of a campaign to protect the "Big Trees".[5] Francis P. Farquhar, author and former president of the Sierra Club, credits Stewart as "the father" of Sequoia National Park.[6]


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Mount Stewart is located in an alpine climate zone.[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 (orographic lift), causing them to drop their moisture in the form of rain or snowfall onto the range.


  1. ^ a b c "Mount Stewart, California".
  2. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club.
  3. ^ "Mount Stewart". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior.
  4. ^ Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. pp. 279, 363. ISBN 978-0871561473.
  5. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1965). History of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: University of California Press. p. 201. ISBN 978-0-520-01551-7.
  6. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1924). "Supplementary Biographies". Place names of the High Sierra,. San Francisco: Sierra Club. OCLC 2871447.
  7. ^ "Climate of the Sierra Nevada". Encyclopædia Britannica.