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Mount Tinemaha

Coordinates: 37°02′11″N 118°23′47″W / 37.0363142°N 118.3963669°W / 37.0363142; -118.3963669
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Mount Tinemaha
East aspect at sunrise
(Split Mountain behind left)
Highest point
Elevation12,520 ft (3,820 m)[1]
Prominence545 ft (166 m)[1]
Parent peakSplit Mountain (14,058 ft)[2]
Isolation1.80 mi (2.90 km)[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates37°02′11″N 118°23′47″W / 37.0363142°N 118.3963669°W / 37.0363142; -118.3963669[3]
Mount Tinemaha is located in California
Mount Tinemaha
Mount Tinemaha
Location in California
Mount Tinemaha is located in the United States
Mount Tinemaha
Mount Tinemaha
Mount Tinemaha (the United States)
LocationInyo County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Split Mountain
First ascent1937
Easiest routeclass 2 West Ridge[4]

Mount Tinemaha is a 12,520-foot-elevation (3,820-meter) mountain summit located east of the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in Inyo County of northern California.[3] It is situated on the eastern boundary of the John Muir Wilderness, on land managed by Inyo National Forest. It is 1.3 mile southeast of Tinemaha Lake, and 1.8 mile northeast of parent Split Mountain. Topographic relief is significant as the east aspect rises 5,900 feet (1,800 meters) above Owens Valley in two miles.


This mountain's name was officially adopted in 1937 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to honor the legendary Paiute chief, Tinemaha.[3] The peak was known by this name to the early prospectors and cattlemen of Owens Valley.[5] The first ascent of the summit was made July 1, 1937, by Chester Versteeg, a prominent Sierra Club member.[6] Chester Versteeg submitted the name to the board for consideration.[3]


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Mount Tinemaha has an alpine climate.[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, causing them to drop their moisture in the form of rain or snowfall onto the range (orographic lift). Precipitation runoff from this mountain drains to Red Mountain Creek and Tinemaha Creek, thence Tinemaha Reservoir.


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  1. ^ a b "Mount Tinemaha, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  2. ^ a b "Tinemaha, Mount - 12,519' CA". listsofjohn.com. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  3. ^ a b c d "Mount Tinemaha". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-05-15.
  4. ^ R.J. Secor (2009), The High Sierra: Peaks, Passes, Trails, Mountaineers Books, ISBN 9781594857386
  5. ^ Erwin G. Gudde, California Place Names, page 339.
  6. ^ Fred L. Jones, A Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra (1954)
  7. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L.; McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11. ISSN 1027-5606.

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