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Whaleback (California)

Coordinates: 36°37′49″N 118°31′52″W / 36.6302801°N 118.5311618°W / 36.6302801; -118.5311618
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North aspect, from Big Wet Meadow
Highest point
Elevation11,717 ft (3,571 m)[1]
Prominence557 ft (170 m)[1]
Parent peakPeak 12660[2]
Isolation1.66 mi (2.67 km)[2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section
Coordinates36°37′49″N 118°31′52″W / 36.6302801°N 118.5311618°W / 36.6302801; -118.5311618[3]
Whaleback is located in California
Location in California
Whaleback is located in the United States
Whaleback (the United States)
LocationKings Canyon National Park
Tulare County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Great Western Divide[1]
Topo mapUSGS Sphinx Lakes
Type of rockgranitic
First ascent1936, Adele van Loben Sels, May Pridham[4]
Easiest routeclass 3[2]

Whaleback is a remote 11,717-foot-elevation (3,571-meter) three-mile-long ridge located in the Sierra Nevada mountain range, in Tulare County of northern California.[3] It is situated in Kings Canyon National Park, extending north from the Great Western Divide. This geographical feature has significant topographic relief as it rises 2,900 feet (880 meters) above Shortys Cabin in Cloud Canyon in approximately one mile. Whaleback ranks as the 488th highest peak in California.[2] The first ascent of the summit was made August 5, 1936, by May Pridham and Adele van Loben Sels.[5]


According to the Köppen climate classification system, Whaleback is located in an alpine climate zone.[6] Most weather fronts originate in the Pacific Ocean, and travel east toward the Sierra Nevada mountains. As fronts approach, they are forced upward by the peaks, causing them to drop their moisture in the form of rain or snowfall onto the range (orographic lift). Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains into headwaters of the Roaring River.

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  1. ^ a b c "Whaleback, California". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  2. ^ a b c d "Whaleback - 11,717' CA". listsofjohn.com. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  3. ^ a b "Whaleback". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2021-05-31.
  4. ^ Bill Oliver, Oct-Dec 2007, The Sierra Echo, page 19
  5. ^ R. J. Secor, The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, Trails, 2009, Third Edition, Mountaineers Books, ISBN 9781594857386
  6. ^ Climate of the Sierra Nevada, Britannica.com

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