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Palisades

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointNorth Palisade (14,242 ft/4341 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesCalifornia
Area420 sq mi / 1,087 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent30 mi / 49 km North-South
21 mi / 33 km East-West
Center Lat/Long37° 10' N; 118° 24' W
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Map of Palisades
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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 Palisades.
Central Sierra NevadaLevel 4 (Parent)
         Mammoth AreaLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Kaiser-Dinkey Lakes AreaLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Mono Recesses-Humphreys AreaLevel 5 (Sibling)
         Evolution RegionLevel 5 (Sibling)
         PalisadesLevel 5
                 Inconsolable RangeLevel 6 (Child)
         Central Kings Canyon AreaLevel 5 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Palisades

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange6
1.North Palisade14,2424341 
2.Mount Sill14,1534314 
3.Polemonium Peak14,080+4292+ 
4.Split Mountain14,0584285 
5.Middle Palisade14,0124271 
6.Thunderbolt Peak14,0034268 
7.Disappointment Peak13,9174242 
8.Mount Agassiz13,8934235 
9.Norman Clyde Peak13,8554223 
10.Balcony Peak13,845+4220+ 
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 NameftmRange6
1.Cloudripper13,5254122Inconsolable Range



Photos of Peaks in the Palisades

North Palisade
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The North Palisade massif glows in evening alpenglow from Palisade Basin (2009-09-06). Photo by Grant Myers.
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Starlight Peak
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Rapping off the "Milk Bottle" (1996-07-13). Photo by Terry Flood.
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Mount Sill
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Mount Sill in the California Palisades (2001-07-17). Photo by James Barlow.
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Polemonium Peak
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Looking towards the U-Notch (2020-06-13). Photo by Justin Barham.
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Split Mountain
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INTO THE ABYSS (2014-07-20). Photo by JT Newgard.
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Middle Palisade
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Middle Palisade from the east (2012-08-03). Photo by Craig Barlow.
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Thunderbolt Peak
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Getting ready to climb Thunderbolt's summit block just as the sun begins to light it up (2013-07-20). Photo by Craig Barlow.
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Disappointment Peak
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Disappointment Peak from the traverse below Balcony Peak (2020-08-14). Photo by Rafee Memon.
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Mount Agassiz
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Mt. Agassiz left of center, with west slopes seen from summit of Mt. Goode, looking ESE. Bishop Lakes in left foreground; 11950' tarn at Bishop Pass in center below the peak (2013-09-13). Photo by J Thornton.
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Norman Clyde Peak
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Norman Clyde Peak as seen from Middle Palisade (1989-08-26). Photo by Richard Carey.
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