Mount Tallac

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Mount Tallac
MountTallac.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 9,739 ft (2,968 m)  NAVD 88[3]
Prominence 695 ft (212 m) [4]
Listing Tahoe OGUL Peak List[1]
Sierra Peaks Section[2]
Coordinates 38°54′22″N 120°05′56″W / 38.905984014°N 120.098975258°W / 38.905984014; -120.098975258Coordinates: 38°54′22″N 120°05′56″W / 38.905984014°N 120.098975258°W / 38.905984014; -120.098975258[3]
Geography
Location El Dorado County, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Emerald Bay
Climbing
Easiest route Trail hike, class 1-2[5]

Mount Tallac is a mountain peak southwest of Lake Tahoe, in El Dorado County, California. The peak lies within the Desolation Wilderness in the Eldorado National Forest. It is quite visible from State Routes 89 and 28, and U.S. Route 50. A "cross of snow" is clearly visible on the mountain's face during the winter, spring, and early summer months.

The mountain is shown on maps of the Whitney Survey as Chrystal Peak. In 1877, the Wheeler Survey named the peak "Tallac", after the Washo word "daláʔak", meaning 'big mountain'.[6]

An estimated 10,000 climb the peak each year via routes approaching the summit from Desolation Wilderness to the west, Fallen Leaf Lake to the East, and access roads from the north.[7] Wilderness permits are required to hike Mount Tallac.[8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Tahoe OGUL Peak List". Western State Climbers. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  2. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  3. ^ a b "Tallac Peak 1893". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  4. ^ "Mount Tallac, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-01-24. 
  5. ^ "East Side Trailheads and Trails". Eldorado National Forest. Retrieved 2014-01-19. 
  6. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1949). California Place Names. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press. pp. 352–353. 
  7. ^ "Mount Tallac towers over Tahoe, holds fascination for all | TahoeDailyTribune.com". Tahoe Daily Tribune. Retrieved 2015-12-14. 
  8. ^ "Lake Tahoe - South Shore - Mt. Tallac Trailhead". www.fs.usda.gov. Retrieved 2015-12-14. 

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