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Mount Young (California)

Coordinates: 36°34′52″N 118°19′39″W / 36.5810416°N 118.3276232°W / 36.5810416; -118.3276232
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Mount Young
Southeast aspect centered, at dawn
Highest point
Elevation13,176 ft (4,016 m)[1]
Prominence381 ft (116 m)[1]
Parent peakMount Hale (13,494 ft)[2]
Isolation0.86 mi (1.38 km)[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates36°34′52″N 118°19′39″W / 36.5810416°N 118.3276232°W / 36.5810416; -118.3276232[3]
EtymologyCharles Augustus Young
Mount Young is located in California
Mount Young
Mount Young
Location in California
Mount Young is located in the United States
Mount Young
Mount Young
Mount Young (the United States)
LocationSequoia National Park
Tulare County
California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Whitney
Age of rockCretaceous
Mountain typeFault block
Type of rockgranite
First ascentSeptember 7, 1881[4]
Easiest routeclass 2 South slope[5]

Mount Young is a 13,176-foot-elevation (4,016-meter) mountain summit located west of the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range in Tulare County, California.[3] It is situated in Sequoia National Park, and is two miles (3.2 km) west of Mount Whitney, one mile northwest of Guitar Lake, and one mile southwest of Mount Hale, the nearest higher neighbor. The John Muir Trail traverses below the south and west aspects of the mountain, providing access. Topographic relief is significant as the southwest aspect rises 2,300 feet (700 meters) above Whitney Creek in approximately one mile. Mt. Young ranks as the 117th highest summit in California.[2]


In 1881, Rev. Frederick H. Wales of Tulare climbed Mount Young, where he left a record of its name, and the name of the peak south of it, for which he suggested the name "Mount Hitchcock."[6] Wales Lake, one mile to the northeast of Mt. Young, was named after him.[7] This mountain's name was officially adopted in 1909 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names to honor the eminent American astronomer Charles Augustus Young (1834–1908).[3] Young was teaching at Dartmouth College while Wales was a Dartmouth student (1872 graduate). The first ascent of the summit was made September 7, 1881, by Frederick H. Wales, William B. Wallace, and Captain James Wright.[8] During the same month, Wales also made the first ascent of Mount Hitchcock and Mount Kaweah.


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Mount Young has an alpine climate.[9] 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 west to the Kern River via Wallace and Whitney Creeks.

See also[edit]

Mt. Young (centered) and Guitar Lake, from Mt. Whitney area


  1. ^ a b "Mount Young, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  2. ^ a b c "Young, Mount - 13,175' CA". listsofjohn.com. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  3. ^ a b c "Mount Young". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-05-17.
  4. ^ Francis P. Farquhar, Place Names of the High Sierra (1926)
  5. ^ John D. and Ruth Mendenhall, Arthur B. Johnson, Braeme Gigas, Howard Koster, A Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra, (1954)
  6. ^ Francis P. Farquhar, Place Names of the High Sierra (1926)
  7. ^ "Wales Lake". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-05-16.
  8. ^ R. J. Secor, The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, Trails, 2009, Third Edition, Mountaineers Books, ISBN 9781594857386.
  9. ^ 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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