Preston Peak

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Preston Peak
Preston southface.jpg
South face of Preston Peak
Highest point
Elevation 7,313 ft (2,229 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 2,509 ft (765 m) [2]
Coordinates 41°50′06″N 123°36′43″W / 41.835064822°N 123.611937922°W / 41.835064822; -123.611937922Coordinates: 41°50′06″N 123°36′43″W / 41.835064822°N 123.611937922°W / 41.835064822; -123.611937922
Location Siskiyou County, California, U.S.
Parent range Siskiyou Mountains
Topo map USGS Preston Peak

Preston Peak (Karuk: keech'íihyan),[3] is a dominant feature of the Siskiyou Wilderness in the Klamath National Forest.[2] Many peaks in the wilderness rise to over 6,000 feet (1,800 m) but none come to within 500 feet (150 m) of approaching the height of Preston Peak. From the summit on a clear day, the Pacific Ocean is visible along with peaks in the Klamath Mountains and Cascade Range.

John Hart, in his book Hiking the Bigfoot Country says of the peak:

At a mile and some above sea level it is by no means the highest peak in the Klamath Mountains...Yet there is no mountain in northern California which I remember with more pleasure. They say that early travellers on the Klamath River, glimpsing the mountain above them, thought it was 10,000 feet tall.


The Forest Service designated the peak and watershed around the peak the Preston Peak Botanical and Geological Area because of the rare plants and associations of plants that can be found. Here the Alaska cedar and noble fir reach the southern terminus of their range[4] and share habitat with the northwest California endemic Brewer spruce and Port Orford cedar. There is also an interesting population of high elevation Pacific yew on the peak that, along with a few other population in the Klamath Mountains, may justify reclassification as at least a subspecies.[5] A few other rare plants living on or around the peak are the phantom orchid and Siskiyou fritillary.


  1. ^ a b "Preston Pk". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-17. 
  2. ^ a b "Preston Peak, California". Retrieved 2009-04-11. 
  3. ^ Bright, William; Susan Gehr. "Karuk Dictionary and Texts". University of California, Berkeley. Retrieved 2012-07-06. 
  4. ^ Sawyer, J. O. (2004). "Conifers of the Klamath Mountains". Vegetation Ecology, Proceedings of the second conference on Klamath-Siskiyou ecology, Siskiyou Field Institute. Cave Junction, OR: Siskiyou Field Institute: 128–135. 
  5. ^ Burns, Russell M.; Barbara H Honkala (1990). Silvics of North America. Volume 1, conifers  (PDF). Agriculture Handbook 654. Washington, D.C.: U.S. Forest Service. ISBN 0-16-027145-2. 

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