Vogelsang Peak

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Vogelsang Peak
Vogelsang Peak. Yosemite National Park, California, USA.jpg
Vogelsang Peak as seen from the Rafferty Creek valley in late June
Highest point
Elevation11,498 ft (3,505 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence853 ft (260 m) [1]
Coordinates37°46′38″N 119°20′58″W / 37.77715°N 119.3493195°W / 37.77715; -119.3493195Coordinates: 37°46′38″N 119°20′58″W / 37.77715°N 119.3493195°W / 37.77715; -119.3493195[2]
Vogelsang Peak is located in California
Vogelsang Peak
Vogelsang Peak
LocationYosemite National Park
Mariposa County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Vogelsang Peak
First ascent1923 by François E. Matthes[3]
Easiest routeScramble, class 2[3]

Vogelsang Peak is a peak in the Cathedral Range of Yosemite National Park, located in northeastern Mariposa County, California. Though Mount Florence is higher, at 12,567 feet (3,830 m), at 11,498 feet (3,505 m) the summit rises higher than most of the surrounding peaks, and offers sweeping panoramic views in every direction.


The peak was named by Col. H.C. Benson in 1907. There is dispute over whether the peak was named for Charles A Vogelsang, an executive officer of California's State Fish and Game Commission from 1896–1901, or his brother Alexander Theodore Vogelsang, who served as president of the California State Board of Fish and Game from 1901-1910. The German word "vogelsang" can be translated as "a meadow in which birds sing".[4][5]


Vogelsang Peak's southeastern side is made up of a relatively uniform arc of steep rock. Its northwestern side is a series of cirques and sheer cliffs. Well known climbing routes include the Nightingale Arête (II 5.9) and the West Face (IV 5.10 A2).[3] Vogelsang Pass, Vogelsang Lake and the Vogelsang High Sierra Camp are located northeast of the summit.


  1. ^ a b "Vogelsang Peak, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2014-12-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  2. ^ "Vogelsang Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2014-12-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ a b c Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 420. ISBN 9780898869712.
  4. ^ Gudde, Erwin G. (1949). California Place Names. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press. p. 381.
  5. ^ Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. p. 228. ISBN 0899971199.

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