Clark Mountain (California)

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Clark Mountain
Clark Mountain from Ivanpah Dry Lake 1.jpg
The mountain is prominently visible to motorists on Interstate 15 crossing Ivanpah Dry Lake.
Highest point
Elevation7,933 ft (2,418 m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence4,232 ft (1,290 m) [3]
ListingDesert Peaks Section List[1]
Coordinates35°31′32″N 115°35′19″W / 35.525569794°N 115.588717936°W / 35.525569794; -115.588717936Coordinates: 35°31′32″N 115°35′19″W / 35.525569794°N 115.588717936°W / 35.525569794; -115.588717936[2]
LocationSan Bernardino County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeClark Mountain Range
Topo mapUSGS Clark Mountain
Easiest routeExposed scramble, class 3[1]

Clark Mountain is a mountain located in the Clark Mountain Range in the Mojave National Preserve, close to the California-Nevada border.


The mountain rises abruptly north of Mountain Pass and Interstate 15 to an elevation of 7,933 ft (2,418 m), which is the highest point of the Mojave National Preserve and the Mojave Desert ranges.[4]

Path 46 and Path 64 (part of Path 46) 500 kV power lines run to the north and south of the mountain, respectively.[5]


The higher elevations of the mountain are a striking sky island contrast to the lower elevations of the Mojave Desert vegetation.[5] Creosote bush (Larrea tridentata), scrub and Joshua tree (Yucca brevifolia) forests grow on the foothills of the mountain while Single-leaf Pinyon Pine (Pinus monophylla), Utah juniper (Juniperus osteosperma), and White fir (Abies concolor) grow on the sky island at the highest elevations.[6]

The high elevation of the mountain means that snow falls on the high peaks during the winter, although the mountain receives little precipitation annually.[6]


Clark Mountain is also a world-class rock climbing area developed by Randy Leavitt in 1992, it has been described as containing the best limestone climbing in America.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Desert Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2010-01-03.
  2. ^ a b "Clark". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  3. ^ "Clark Mountain, California". Retrieved 2009-06-29.
  4. ^ Clark Mountain quadrangle, California (Map). 1:24000. 7.5 Minute Topographic. USGS. Retrieved 2010-01-03.
  5. ^ a b Google Earth images.
  6. ^ a b "Subsection 322Aj - Kingston Range - Valley Wells". USDA, Forest Service. Archived from the original on 2005-03-13. Retrieved 2007-12-18.
  7. ^ Leavitt, Randy. "Clark Mountain - the best limestone in America". Retrieved 2010-01-03.
  • California road & recreation atlas (4th ed.). Medford, OR: Benchmark Maps. 2005. p. 97. ISBN 978-0-929591-80-3.
  • Zdon, Andy (2000). Desert Summits: A Climbing & Hiking Guide to California and Southern Nevada. Bishop, CA: Spotted Dog Press. ISBN 1-893343-02-2.