Palisade Crest

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Palisade Crest
Palisade Crest.jpg
Elevation 13,559 ft (4,133 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 561 ft (171 m)[1]
Parent peak Mount Sill[1]
Listing Sierra Peaks Section[2]
Location FresnoInyo county border, California, U.S.
Range Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 37°04′40″N 118°29′12″W / 37.0777115°N 118.4867707°W / 37.0777115; -118.4867707Coordinates: 37°04′40″N 118°29′12″W / 37.0777115°N 118.4867707°W / 37.0777115; -118.4867707[3]
Topo map USGS Split Mountain
First ascent 1969 by Don Jensen, Joan Jensen and Rex Post[4]
Easiest route Northwest ridge (rock climb, class 4)[4]

Palisade Crest is a jagged ridge in The Palisades's region of the Sierra Nevada southeast of Mount Sill and northwest of Middle Palisade. Its twelve pinnacles are unofficially named for characters from The Lord of the Rings by J. R. R. Tolkien.[4] The highest pinnacle, at 13,559 feet (4,133 m), is called Gandalf Peak.[5]

The ridge marks the boundary between Kings Canyon National Park and the John Muir Wilderness.

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  1. ^ a b c "Palisade Crest, California". Retrieved 2009-09-01. 
  2. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  3. ^ "Palisade Crest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-09-15. 
  4. ^ a b c Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. ISBN 9780898869712. 
  5. ^ "Palisade Crest". Retrieved 2014-01-22.