The highest mountains of Yosemite National Park

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Mount Lyell, the highest mountain of Yosemite
Matterhorn Peak, no, not as high as that Matterhorn, but in Yosemite, and a high one. Yes, Jack Kerouac made an attempt, on Matterhorn, and wrote about it, in The Dharma Bums
Mount Maclure, Yosemite's fifth-highest mountain

Many mountains in Yosemite National Park are higher than 12,000 feet (3,700 m); three are higher than 13,000 feet (4,000 m). Notably, California has plenty of higher mountains, than those found, in Yosemite. This article restricts to Yosemite's highest summits.[1][2]

The below table gives information from peakbagger and summitpost. Some mountains are listed by one but not the other, and some elevations vary, as prominence varies; here we use clean prominence; more, below.

The dividing line between a mountain with multiple peaks and separate mountains is not always clear, which leads to different sources noting different "peaks."

Also, just because a peak is higher does not mean that it is a more difficult climb. Using the given references is more dangerous yet; talk with the rangers, get up-to-date information before launching any summit attempt, as natural dangers like rockslides, and late-season snow and ice can happen.

Clean prominence[edit]

Vertical arrows show the clean prominence of three peaks on an island. The dashed horizontal lines show the lowest contours that do not encircle higher peaks; the ocean is the absolute bottom

Explanation of the concept of "clean prominence"[edit]

First a note about topographic prominence, which will lead to "clean prominence":[3][4]

In short: At a col, use the col's highest contour line, and pick the lowest contour line that can draw a closed contour about the mountain.

We start by computing the "clean prominence" of a mountain. The vertical distance from

  • the top of the mountain to
  • the lowest col from which a contour line [1][2][3][4][5] circles the top of the mountain

is the clean prominence. To calculate this, you need to know

  1. the elevation of the top of the mountain and
  2. the elevation of the lowest col, from which a contour line encircles the top of the mountain

Here we use "clean prominence."

List[edit]

Number Peak


Elevation, by Peakbagger
Elevation, by Summitpost


prominence, by Peakbagger
prominence, by Summitpost



Isolation, by Peakbagger


Peakbagger reference
Summitpost reference


Near area of Yosemite Coordinates
1 Mount Lyell 13,114 feet (3,997 m) 13,057 feet (3,980 m) 1,894 feet (577 m) 1,927 feet (587 m) 5.2 miles (8.4 km) [6] [7] Cathedral Range, near Tuolumne Meadows 37°44′22″N 119°16′18″W / 37.73944°N 119.27167°W / 37.73944; -119.27167
2 Mount Dana 13,057 feet (3,980 m) 13,057 feet (3,980 m) 2,417 feet (737 m) 2,437 feet (743 m) 11.4 miles (18.3 km) [8] [9] Tioga Pass 37°53′59″N 119°13′16″W / 37.89972°N 119.22111°W / 37.89972; -119.22111
3 Kuna Peak 13,002 feet (3,963 m) 13,002 feet (3,963 m) 1,922 feet (586 m) 1,942 feet (592 m) 6 miles (9.7 km) [10] [11] Tuolumne Meadows, Mammoth Peak 37°48′46″N 119°12′30″W / 37.81278°N 119.20833°W / 37.81278; -119.20833
4 Rodgers Peak 12,978 feet (3,956 m) 12,978 feet (3,956 m) 738 feet (225 m) 758 feet (231 m) 1.3 miles (2.1 km) [12] [13] Ritter Range 37°43′30″N 119°15′27″W / 37.72500°N 119.25750°W / 37.72500; -119.25750
5 Mount Maclure 12,880 feet (3,930 m) 12,900 feet (3,900 m) 738 feet (225 m) 480 feet (150 m) 0.5 miles (0.80 km) [14] [15] Cathedral Range, near Mount Lyell 37°44′37″N 119°16′50″W / 37.74361°N 119.28056°W / 37.74361; -119.28056
6 Mount Gibbs 12,773 feet (3,893 m) 12,773 feet (3,893 m) 1,093 feet (333 m) 1,113 feet (339 m) 1.5 miles (2.4 km) [16] [17] Tioga Pass Road, near Mount Dana 37°52′37″N 119°12′43″W / 37.87694°N 119.21194°W / 37.87694; -119.21194
7 Peak 12767 12,767 feet (3,891 m) 12,767 feet (3,891 m) 487 feet (148 m) 507 feet (155 m) 0.7 miles (1.1 km) [18] Mount Lyell 37°44′N 119°17′W / 37.733°N 119.283°W / 37.733; -119.283
8 Koip Crest Peak 12,651 feet (3,856 m) 91 feet (28 m) 0.4 miles (0.64 km) [19] Tuolumne Meadows 37°48′N 119°12′W / 37.800°N 119.200°W / 37.800; -119.200
9 Mount Conness 12,590 feet (3,840 m) 12,590 feet (3,840 m) 2,630 feet (800 m) 2,647 feet (807 m) 7 miles (11 km) [20] [21] Tioga Pass 37°58′1″N 119°19′18″W / 37.96694°N 119.32167°W / 37.96694; -119.32167
10 Point 12573 12,573 feet (3,832 m) 353 feet (108 m) Mount Lyell 37°42′53″N 119°15′30″W / 37.71476°N 119.25841°W / 37.71476; -119.25841
11 Mount Florence 12,561 feet (3,829 m) 12,561 feet (3,829 m) 801 feet (244 m) 821 feet (250 m) 1.9 miles (3.1 km) [22] [23] Mount Lyell, Vogelsang Peak 37°44′23″N 119°18′58″W / 37.73972°N 119.31611°W / 37.73972; -119.31611
12 Point 12540 12,540 feet (3,820 m) 360 feet (110 m) Vogelsang Peak 37°45′19″N 119°17′22″W / 37.75514°N 119.28946°W / 37.75514; -119.28946
13 Simmons Peak 12,497 feet (3,809 m) 12,497 feet (3,809 m) 377 feet (115 m) 397 feet (121 m) 1.3 miles (2.1 km) [24] [25] Mount Lyell, Tuolumne Meadows 37°45′39″N 119°17′40″W / 37.76083°N 119.29444°W / 37.76083; -119.29444
14 Electra Peak 12,442 feet (3,792 m) 12,446 feet (3,794 m) 322 feet (98 m) 1,266 feet (386 m) 0.6 miles (0.97 km) [26] [27] Tuolumne Meadows, Rodgers Peak 37°42′18″N 119°15′37″W / 37.70500°N 119.26028°W / 37.70500; -119.26028
15 Point 12358 12,358 feet (3,767 m) 298 feet (91 m) Mount Lyell 37°44′28″N 119°17′34″W / 37.74100°N 119.29279°W / 37.74100; -119.29279
16 Twin Peaks 12,323 feet (3,756 m) [28] Matterhorn Peak 38°04′59″N 119°21′27″W / 38.08310°N 119.3574°W / 38.08310; -119.3574
17 Peak 12320 12,320 feet (3,760 m) 0 feet (0 m) 0 miles (0 km) [29] Simmons Peak, Mount Lyell 37°45′2″N 119°17′49″W / 37.75056°N 119.29694°W / 37.75056; -119.29694
18 Matterhorn Peak 12,279 feet (3,743 m) 1,579 feet (481 m) [30] Northern boundary of Yosemite National Park 38°05′34″N 119°22′49″W / 38.09280°N 119.3803°W / 38.09280; -119.3803
19 Mount Andrea Lawrence 12,245 feet (3,732 m) 800 feet (240 m) [31] [32] Tioga Pass Road 37°46′47″N 119°13′13″W / 37.77968°N 119.22015°W / 37.77968; -119.22015
20 North Peak 12,242 feet (3,731 m) 12,242 feet (3,731 m) 682 feet (208 m) 702 feet (214 m) 1.1 miles (1.8 km) [33] [34] Saddlebag Lake 37°58′56″N 119°18′53″W / 37.98222°N 119.31472°W / 37.98222; -119.31472
21 Excelsior Mountain 12,200 feet (3,700 m) 12,446 feet (3,794 m) 0 feet (0 m) 1,266 feet (386 m) 0.1 miles (0.16 km) [35] [36] Virginia Lakes, Mount Conness 38°1′49″N 119°18′27″W / 38.03028°N 119.30750°W / 38.03028; -119.30750
22 Parsons Peak 12,147 feet (3,702 m) 12,147 feet (3,702 m) 627 feet (191 m) 647 feet (197 m) 1.3 miles (2.1 km) [37] [38] Cathedral Range 37°46′37″N 119°18′28″W / 37.77694°N 119.30778°W / 37.77694; -119.30778
23 Point 12113 12,113 feet (3,692 m) 573 feet (175 m) Mount Lyell 37°43′11″N 119°17′34″W / 37.71969°N 119.29273°W / 37.71969; -119.29273
24 Mammoth Peak 12,106 feet (3,690 m) 12,106 feet (3,690 m) 306 feet (93 m) 286 feet (87 m) 0.8 miles (1.3 km) [39] [40] Tioga Pass, Kuna Crest 37°51′19″N 119°15′49″W / 37.85528°N 119.26361°W / 37.85528; -119.26361
25 Foerster Peak 12,057 feet (3,675 m) 12,057 feet (3,675 m) 457 feet (139 m) 477 feet (145 m) 1.7 miles (2.7 km) [41] [42] East of Half Dome 37°41′24″N 119°17′27″W / 37.69000°N 119.29083°W / 37.69000; -119.29083
26 White Mountain 12,057 feet (3,675 m) 12,057 feet (3,675 m) 617 feet (188 m) 637 feet (194 m) 1 mile (1.6 km) [43] [44] Dog Lake, Mount Conness 37°56′49″N 119°18′35″W / 37.94694°N 119.30972°W / 37.94694; -119.30972
27 Sheperd Crest 12,040 feet (3,670 m) 12,020 feet (3,660 m) 560 feet (170 m) 560 feet (170 m) 0.6 miles (0.97 km) [45] [46] Saddlebag Lake, Tioga Pass Road 38°0′N 119°19′W / 38.000°N 119.317°W / 38.000; -119.317
28 Whorl Mountain 12,033 feet (3,668 m) 12,033 feet (3,668 m) 673 feet (205 m) 693 feet (211 m) 1.3 miles (2.1 km) [47] [48] Matterhorn Peak 38°4′27″N 119°23′0″W / 38.07417°N 119.38333°W / 38.07417; -119.38333
29 Donohue Peak 12,023 feet (3,665 m) 12,023 feet (3,665 m) 463 feet (141 m) 483 feet (147 m) 0.6 miles (0.97 km) [49] [50] Donohue Pass, Koip Crest Peak 37°46′30″N 119°13′50″W / 37.77500°N 119.23056°W / 37.77500; -119.23056
30 False White Mountain 12,002 feet (3,658 m) 12,002 feet (3,658 m) 482 feet (147 m) 502 feet (153 m) 1.1 miles (1.8 km) [51] [52] Tioga Pass 37°56′N 119°18′W / 37.933°N 119.300°W / 37.933; -119.300
31 Virginia Peak 12,001 feet (3,658 m) 12,001 feet (3,658 m) 481 feet (147 m) 501 feet (153 m) 0.8 miles (1.3 km) [53] [54] Twin Lakes, Whorl Mountain 38°3′57″N 119°21′29″W / 38.06583°N 119.35806°W / 38.06583; -119.35806

References[edit]

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