Thunderbolt Peak

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Thunderbolt Peak
Palisades (California).jpg
Polemonium, North Palisade, Starlight, Thunderbolt Peaks
Elevation 14,009 ft (4,270 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 203 ft (62 m)[1]
Parent peak Starlight Peak[1]
Listing California fourteener
SPS Mountaineers peak[2]
Thunderbolt Peak is located in California
Thunderbolt Peak
Thunderbolt Peak
Location Fresno and Inyo counties, California. U.S.
Range Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 37°05′53″N 118°31′03″W / 37.0979892°N 118.5176055°W / 37.0979892; -118.5176055Coordinates: 37°05′53″N 118°31′03″W / 37.0979892°N 118.5176055°W / 37.0979892; -118.5176055[3]
Topo map USGS North Palisade
First ascent August 13, 1933 by Glen Dawson and Jules Eichorn[4]
Easiest route class 4 climb by several routes[5]

Thunderbolt Peak is a peak in the Palisades group of peaks in the Sierra Nevada in the U.S. state of California. It rises to 14,009 feet (4,270 m) and could be considered the thirteenth highest peak in the state but since the peak has less than 300 feet (91 m) of prominence it is usually considered a subsidiary peak of North Palisade.

The first ascent was attempted by a party of very well known climbers. According to Norman Clyde only two of the group summited. He states that while Jules Eichorn was descending the summit monolith it was struck by lightning, missing Eichorn by a fraction. After a second unsuccessful attempt the remaining members of the party descended from the mountain.[4]

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  1. ^ a b c "Thunderbolt Peak, California". Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  2. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-01-21. 
  3. ^ "Thunderbolt Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ a b "Thunderbolt Peak". 
  5. ^ Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 255–259. ISBN 9780898869712.