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Central Sierra Nevada

Range TypeGeographically-defined sub-range
Highest PointNorth Palisade (14,242 ft/4341 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesCalifornia
Area4,442 sq mi / 11,505 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent99 mi / 160 km North-South
118 mi / 190 km East-West
Center Lat/Long37° 9' N; 119° 16' W
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Map of Central 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 Central Sierra Nevada.
Sierra NevadaLevel 3 (Parent)
         Northern Sierra NevadaLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Lake Tahoe-Sonora Pass Sierra NevadaLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Yosemite-Ritter Sierra NevadaLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Central Sierra NevadaLevel 4
                 Mammoth AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Kaiser-Dinkey Lakes AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Mono Recesses-Humphreys AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Evolution RegionLevel 5 (Child)
                 PalisadesLevel 5 (Child)
                 Central Kings Canyon AreaLevel 5 (Child)
         Sequoia Sierra NevadaLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Southern Sierra NevadaLevel 4 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Central Sierra Nevada

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.North Palisade14,2424341Palisades
2.Mount Sill14,1534314Palisades
3.Polemonium Peak14,080+4292+Palisades
4.Split Mountain14,0584285Palisades
5.Middle Palisade14,0124271Palisades
6.Thunderbolt Peak14,0034268Palisades
7.Mount Humphreys13,9864263Mono Recesses-Humphreys Area
8.Disappointment Peak13,9174242Palisades
9.Mount Agassiz13,8934235Palisades
10.Norman Clyde Peak13,8554223Palisades
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.North Palisade14,2424341Palisades
2.Mount Humphreys13,9864263Mono Recesses-Humphreys Area
3.Mount Darwin13,8314216Evolution Region
4.Mount Pinchot13,4944113Central Kings Canyon Area
5.Red Slate Mountain13,123+4000+Mammoth Area
6.Mount Givens10,6483246Kaiser-Dinkey Lakes Area



Photos of Peaks in the Central Sierra Nevada

North Palisade

Aerial photo of North Palisade from a Cessna flying at 13,800 feet. Photo by Jim Earl. Photo by Edward Earl.
Mount Sill
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Mount Sill in the California Palisades (2001-07-17). Photo by James Barlow.
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