Mount Whitney

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Mount Whitney
Mount Whitney 2003-03-25.jpg
East Face close-up seen from the Whitney Portal.
Elevation 14,505 ft (4,421 m)NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 10,080 ft (3,072 m)[2]
Ranked 81st
Parent peak El Pico de Orizaba[3]
Listing Ultra prominent peak
U.S. state high point
SPS Emblem peak[4]
Location
Mount Whitney is located in California
Mount Whitney
Location in California, USA
Location Sequoia National Park / Inyo National Forest, California, USA
Range Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 36°34′43″N 118°17′31″W / 36.578580925°N 118.291994950°W / 36.578580925; -118.291994950Coordinates: 36°34′43″N 118°17′31″W / 36.578580925°N 118.291994950°W / 36.578580925; -118.291994950[1]
Topo map USGS Mount Whitney
Geology
Type Granitic
Age of rock Cretaceous
Climbing
First ascent August 18, 1873 by Charles Begole, Albert Johnson, and John Lucas [5]
Easiest route Mount Whitney Trail (hike)

Mount Whitney is a mountain in eastern California. The mountain is about 14,505 feet (4,421 m). This makes Mount Whitney the tallest mountain in the continental United States. Mount Whitney is only 76 miles from Badwater in Death Valley National Park, which is the lowest point in the United States.[1] Mount Whitney is in the Sierra Nevada. Mount Whitney was named by the California Geological Survey in 1864, they named it after Josiah Whitney.

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