University Peak (California)

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University Peak
University peak.jpg
University Peak from the northeast, March 2006.
Highest point
Elevation 13,595 ft (4,144 m)  NAVD 88[4]
Prominence 1,187 ft (362 m) [4]
Parent peak Mount Keith[1]
  • SPS Mountaineers peak[2]
  • Western States Climbers Star peak[3]
Coordinates 36°44′53″N 118°21′41″W / 36.74799°N 118.3614857°W / 36.74799; -118.3614857Coordinates: 36°44′53″N 118°21′41″W / 36.74799°N 118.3614857°W / 36.74799; -118.3614857[5]
University Peak is located in California
University Peak
University Peak
University Peak is located in the US
University Peak
University Peak
Location Inyo / Tulare counties, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Mount Williamson
First ascent July 12, 1896 by J. N. Le Conte, Helen M. Gompertz, Belle J. Miller, Estelle Miller[6]
Easiest route South Slopes, cross county hike[2][7]

University Peak is a thirteener in the Sierra Nevada. It is named for the University of California.[6] It is on the Sierra crest between Mount Gould to the north, and Mount Bradley to the south.[7] It lies partly in Tulare County and partly in Inyo County. Its west side is in Kings Canyon National Park while the east face is in the John Muir Wilderness.[4]

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.[7] The more challenging routes led the Sierra Club's Sierra Peaks Section to list University as a Mountaineers Peak.[2]


  1. ^ "Key Col for University Peak". Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  2. ^ a b c "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-08-05. 
  3. ^ "Western States Climbers List". Retrieved 2016-03-24. 
  4. ^ a b c "University Peak, California". Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  5. ^ "University Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  6. ^ a b Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-05-08. 
  7. ^ a b c Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 149–152. ISBN 9780898869712. 

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