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University Peak (California)

Coordinates: 36°44′53″N 118°21′43″W / 36.7480794°N 118.3618702°W / 36.7480794; -118.3618702
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University Peak
University Peak from the northeast, March 2006.
Highest point
Elevation13,595 ft (4,144 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence1,187 ft (362 m)[1]
Parent peakMount Keith[2]
  • SPS Mountaineers peak[3]
  • Western States Climbers Star peak[4]
  • Vagmarken Club Sierra Crest List[5]
Coordinates36°44′53″N 118°21′43″W / 36.7480794°N 118.3618702°W / 36.7480794; -118.3618702[6]
EtymologyUniversity of California
University Peak is located in California
University Peak
University Peak
University Peak is located in the United States
University Peak
University Peak
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Williamson
First ascentJuly 12, 1896 by J. N. Le Conte, Helen M. Gompertz, Belle J. Miller, Estelle Miller[7]
Easiest routeSouth Slopes, cross county hike[8]

University Peak is a thirteener in the Sierra Nevada. It is named for the University of California.[7] It is on the Sierra crest between Mount Gould to the north, and Mount Bradley to the south.[8] It lies on the boundary between Tulare County and Inyo County. Its west side is in Kings Canyon National Park while the east face is in the John Muir Wilderness.[1]

The nearest trailhead to University Peak is Onion Valley. The least technical route to its summit is an off-trail hike up the south slopes. It offers a variety of other routes from easy scrambles to rock climbing.[8] The more challenging routes led the Sierra Club's Sierra Peaks Section to list University Peak as a Mountaineers Peak.[3]


  1. ^ a b c "University Peak, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  2. ^ "Key Col for University Peak". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  3. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-08-05.
  4. ^ "Western States Climbers Qualifying Peak List". Climber.org. Retrieved 2016-03-24.
  5. ^ "Vagmarken Sierra Crest List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2021-11-06.
  6. ^ "University Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  7. ^ a b Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-05-08.
  8. ^ a b c Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 149–152. ISBN 978-0898869712.

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