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Palisade Crest

Coordinates: 37°04′53″N 118°29′22″W / 37.0814468°N 118.4895799°W / 37.0814468; -118.4895799
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Palisade Crest
West aspect, from Potluck Pass
Highest point
Elevation13,559 ft (4,133 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence561 ft (171 m)[1]
Parent peakNorth Palisade[2]
Coordinates37°04′53″N 118°29′22″W / 37.0814468°N 118.4895799°W / 37.0814468; -118.4895799[5]
Palisade Crest is located in California
Palisade Crest
Palisade Crest
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Split Mountain
First ascent1969 by Don Jensen, Joan Jensen and Rex Post[6]
Easiest routeNorthwest ridge (rock climb, class 4)[6]

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.[6] The highest pinnacle, at 13,559 feet (4,133 m), is called Gandalf Peak.[7]

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


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Palisade Crest is located in an alpine climate zone.[8] 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.


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  1. ^ a b "Palisade Crest, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-09-01.
  2. ^ "Key Col for Palisade Crest". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2016-03-23.
  3. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2008-09-15.
  4. ^ "Vagmarken Sierra Crest List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2021-12-01.
  5. ^ "Palisade Crest". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-11-30.
  6. ^ a b c Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. ISBN 978-0898869712.
  7. ^ "Palisade Crest". SummitPost.org. Retrieved 2014-01-22.
  8. ^ "Climate of the Sierra Nevada". Encyclopædia Britannica.