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State Peak

Coordinates: 36°55′55″N 118°32′44″W / 36.9319791°N 118.5454291°W / 36.9319791; -118.5454291
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State Peak
West aspect (left) from State Lakes
Highest point
Elevation12,620 ft (3,850 m)[1]
Prominence620 ft (190 m)[1]
Parent peakMarion Peak (12,719 ft)[2]
Isolation2.14 mi (3.44 km)[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates36°55′55″N 118°32′44″W / 36.9319791°N 118.5454291°W / 36.9319791; -118.5454291[3]
State Peak is located in California
State Peak
State Peak
Location in California
State Peak is located in the United States
State Peak
State Peak
State Peak (the United States)
LocationKings Canyon National Park
Fresno County
California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Marion Peak
Type of rockgranitic
First ascent1935
Easiest routeclass 2[2]

State Peak is a remote 12,620-foot-elevation (3,850-meter) mountain summit located in Kings Canyon National Park, in Fresno County of northern California, United States.[3] It is situated on Cirque Crest which is west of the crest of the Sierra Nevada mountain range, 3.03 miles (4.88 km) west of Arrow Peak, and 2.13 miles (3.43 km) southwest of Marion Peak, the nearest higher neighbor.[1] Topographic relief is significant as the west aspect rises 2,100 feet (640 meters) above State Lakes in 1.5 mile, and the southeast aspect rises 4,000 feet (1,200 meters) above South Fork Kings River in 1.5 mile.


The first ascent of the summit was likely made in 1935 by a Sierra Club party who "climbed peaks of Cirque Crest."[4] This mountain was named by Robert B. Marshall, chief USGS geographer, and has been officially adopted by the United States Board on Geographic Names.[3][5]


According to the Köppen climate classification system, State Peak is located in an alpine climate zone.[6] 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 into tributaries of the South Fork Kings River.

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  1. ^ a b c "State Peak, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-05-21.
  2. ^ a b c "State Peak - 12,620' CA". listsofjohn.com. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  3. ^ a b c "State Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-05-22.
  4. ^ Fred L. Jones, A Climber’s Guide to the High Sierra (1954)
  5. ^ Francis P. Farquhar, Place Names of the High Sierra (1926)
  6. ^ 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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