|Range Type||Mountain range with well-recognized name|
|Highest Point||Mount Whitney (14,495 ft/4418 m)|
|Countries||United States |
|States/Provinces||California (98%), Nevada (2%)|
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
|Area||39,612 sq mi / 102,594 sq km|
Area may include lowland areas
|Extent||389 mi / 626 km North-South|
231 mi / 373 km East-West
|Center Lat/Long||37° 36' N; 119° 59' W|
|Map Link||Microsoft Bing Map|
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The Sierra Nevada, John Muir's "Range of Light", is perhaps the most beautiful single range in the contiguous United States, as well as the highest and longest. The Rockies may be longer, but do not have the unified and contiuous mass the Sierra presents. On shaded relief maps, the huge elongate blob of the Sierra, rising from the flat Central Valley on the west and the deserts of the Great Basin on the east, stands out strikingly as a truly enormous and important mountain grouping.
Even though Colorado has 54 peaks over 14,000 feet to the 11 in the Sierra, and only Mount Whitney rises higher than the highest summits in the Rockies, it can still claim to be the highest range in the 48 states. It is also much more of a climber's range than most others in the American west, with a huge variety of technical rock routes and fair number of summits where ascents require serious mountaineering skill by the easiest route. The only serious mountain element lacking in the Sierra is real glaciation.
Since the Sierra is one long, uninterrupted crest utterly without major geographical or political boundaries crossing it, subdividing the range is bound to be an arbitrary exercise. The PEMRACS attempts to chop things up, but the sub-ranges presented here are nothing more than one person's vain attempt to impose an order that is not really there.
|Map of Sierra Nevada|
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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|Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Sierra Nevada.|
Major Peaks of the Sierra Nevada
|Ten Highest Peaks|
|1.||Mount Whitney||14,495||4418||Sequoia Sierra Nevada|
|2.||Mount Williamson||14,373||4381||Sequoia Sierra Nevada|
|3.||North Palisade||14,242||4341||Central Sierra Nevada|
|4.||Mount Sill||14,153||4314||Central Sierra Nevada|
|5.||Mount Russell||14,088||4294||Sequoia Sierra Nevada|
|6.||Polemonium Peak||14,080+||4292+||Central Sierra Nevada|
|7.||Split Mountain||14,058||4285||Central Sierra Nevada|
|8.||Mount Langley||14,026||4275||Sequoia Sierra Nevada|
|9.||Mount Tyndall||14,019||4273||Sequoia Sierra Nevada|
|10.||Mount Muir||14,012||4271||Sequoia Sierra Nevada|
|Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.|
Photos of Peaks in the Sierra Nevada
|Mount Whitney: Mt. Whitney is the flat-topped feature to the left and behind the much more spectacular-looking Keeler Needle in this picture taken from the final section of the Mt. Whitney trail.|
|North Palisade: Aerial photo of North Palisade from a Cessna flying at 13,800 feet. Photo by Jim Earl.|
|Mount Sill: Mount Sill in the California Palisades.|
|Mount Ritter: Mount Ritter and Banner Peak are reflected in Shadow Lake on a bluebird morning.|
|Mount Lyell: The tilted summit plateau of Mount Lyell and the shrinking Lyell Glacier below.|
|Mount Dana: Mount Dana is an enormous pile of talus--view from Mount Gibbs.|
|Banner Peak: Mount Ritter and Banner Peak are reflected in Shadow Lake on a bluebird morning.|
|Freel Peak: The windbreak at the summit of Freel Peak in the Tahoe-area Sierra.|
|Mount Rose: Mount Rose is the highest and most prominent Sierra Nevada peak in the state of Nevada.|
|Mount Baldy-West Ridge: The highest point in Placer County, CA is this rocky outcrop with an awesone view of Lake Tahoe.|
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