Split Mountain (California)
Sunrise on Split Mountain's east face, September 2004.
|Elevation||14,064 ft (4,287 m) NAVD 88|
|Prominence||1,525 ft (465 m) |
|Parent peak||North Palisade|
|Location||Fresno / Inyo counties, California, United States|
|Parent range||Sierra Nevada|
|Topo map||USGS Split Mountain|
|First ascent||1887, Frank Saulque and party|
|Easiest route||North slope, scramble (class 2)|
Split Mountain is a fourteener in the Sierra Nevada of the U.S. state of California, near the southeast end of the Palisades group of peaks. It is the only fourteener in the watershed of the South Fork Kings River, and rises to 14,064 ft (4,287 m), making it the eighth-highest peak in the state.
Geography and Geology
Split Mountain's twin summits lie on a north-south running section of the Sierra crest. This same line of ridges divides Fresno County and Kings Canyon National Park to the west, from Inyo County and the Inyo National Forest to the east. The water divide of its ridges drain to the Kings River to the west, and the Owens River to the east.
Split Mountain is one of the easier California fourteeners to climb. The least technical route is the class 2 north slope, which can be approached from the west or east. Joseph LeConte, Helen LeConte and Curtis Lindley took the simple western approach from Upper Basin when they climbed Split Mountain on July 23, 1902. A more common route to the north face is from the east, by way of Red Lake. Starting at the Red Lake trailhead, this trail covers 6 miles (10 km) with 4,000 feet (1,220 m) of elevation gain one way to the lake. From here, another 3,500 ft (1,070 m) of cross-country climbing, including a short class 3 ridge traverse, leads to the summit.
There are many more technical routes up both the north and south peaks of Split Mountain.
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