Three Brothers (Yosemite)

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Three Brothers
Three Brothers Yosemite.jpg
Three Brothers as seen from Valley Loop trail
Highest point
Elevation 7,783 ft (2,372 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 379 ft (116 m) [2]
Coordinates 37°44′46″N 119°36′53″W / 37.7460126°N 119.614712°W / 37.7460126; -119.614712Coordinates: 37°44′46″N 119°36′53″W / 37.7460126°N 119.614712°W / 37.7460126; -119.614712[1]
Location Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California, United States
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Half Dome
Age of rock Cretaceous
Mountain type granite rock

The Three Brothers is a rock formation, in Yosemite Valley, California. It is located just east of El Capitan and consists of Eagle Peak (the uppermost "brother"), and Middle and Lower Brothers.[3]

Their original name[edit]

Members of the Mariposa Battalion named the Three Brothers after the capture of the three sons of Chief Tenaya near the base of the Three Brothers.[4]

The name Three Brother[edit]

The Ahwahnechee name was “Kom-po-pai-zes”, or sometimes “Pompomposus”, is translated as “mountains with heads like frogs when ready to leap”. [4]

John Muir[edit]

John Muir considered the view from Eagle Peak to be the most beautiful view of Yosemite Valley available.


  1. ^ a b "Eagle". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  2. ^ "Eagle Peak". Retrieved 2014-01-20. 
  3. ^ "Rock Formations in Yosemite Valley". Yosemite National Park, National Park Service. 
  4. ^ a b Richard J. Hartesveldt (1955). "Yosemite Valley Place Names". Yosemite Natural History Associatio. Retrieved 3 September 2017. 

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