Mount Whitney

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Mount Whitney, Tumanguya
East Face close-up seen from the Whitney Portal.
Highest point
Elevation14,505 ft (4,421 m)NAVD 88[1]
Prominence10,080 ft (3,070 m)[2]
Ranked 81st
Parent peakEl Pico de Orizaba[3]
Isolation2,651 km (1,647 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
ListingUltra prominent peak
U.S. state high point
SPS Emblem peak[4]
Coordinates36°34′43″N 118°17′31″W / 36.578580925°N 118.29199495°W / 36.578580925; -118.29199495Coordinates: 36°34′43″N 118°17′31″W / 36.578580925°N 118.29199495°W / 36.578580925; -118.29199495[1]
Mount Whitney, Tumanguya is located in California
Mount Whitney, Tumanguya
Mount Whitney, Tumanguya
Location in California, USA
LocationSequoia National Park / Inyo National Forest, California, USA
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Whitney
Age of rockCretaceous
Mountain typeGranitic
First ascentAugust 18, 1873 by Charles Begole, Albert Johnson, and John Lucas [5]
Easiest routeMount Whitney Trail (hike)

Mount Whitney or Tumanguya 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 contiguous 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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  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 "Whitney". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey.
  2. "Mount Whitney, California".
  3. "Mount Whitney". Retrieved 2012-04-01.
  4. "Sierra Peaks Section List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club
  5. Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2007-08-12.