Thunder Mountain (Tulare County, California)

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Thunder Mountain
Thunder Mountain is located in California
Thunder Mountain
Thunder Mountain
Location of Thunder Mountain in California
Highest point
Elevation 13,523+ ft (4,122+ m)  NAVD 88[3]
Prominence 525 ft (160 m) [3]
  • SPS Mountaineers peak[1]
  • Western States Climbers Star peak[2]
Coordinates 36°40′09″N 118°28′33″W / 36.6691038°N 118.4759288°W / 36.6691038; -118.4759288Coordinates: 36°40′09″N 118°28′33″W / 36.6691038°N 118.4759288°W / 36.6691038; -118.4759288[4]
Location Tulare County California, U.S.
Parent range Great Western Divide, Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Mount Brewer
First ascent 1905 by George Davis[5]
Easiest route Climb, class 3–4[5]

Thunder Mountain is located in the northern part of the Great Western Divide, a sub-range of the Sierra Nevada in California. The summit marks a point on the boundary between Sequoia and Kings Canyon national parks and is 0.6 miles (1 km) north of Table Mountain and south 2.8 miles (4.5 km) Mount Brewer. Thunder pass, on the mountains east side, has an elevation of 12,720+ feet (3 877+ m).[5] This pass marks the western end of the Kings-Kern Divide.

The mountain was named by George R. Davis, a topographer with the United States Geological Survey. He made the first ascent, in August 1905, to establish a benchmark on the summit.[6] The name appears on the Mt. Whitney, USGS 30 minute topographic map of 1905,[7] and was officially recognized by the Board on Geographic Names in 1928.[4]


  1. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  2. ^ "Western States Climbers List". Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  3. ^ a b "Thunder Mountain, California". Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  4. ^ a b "Thunder Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  5. ^ a b c Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. pp. 252, 276 & 362. ISBN 9780871561473. 
  6. ^ Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. p. 216. ISBN 978-0-89997-119-3. 
  7. ^ Whitney Quadrangle (Map) (1st ed.). 1:12500. USGS. 1907. Retrieved 2016-03-24 – via USC Digital Library.