Mount Kaweah

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Mount Kaweah
Mt Kaweah.jpg
Mount Kaweah from Red Spur, circa 1932
Highest point
Elevation 13,807 ft (4,208 m)  NAVD 88[3]
Prominence 2,027 ft (618 m) [3]
Coordinates 36°31′34″N 118°28′42″W / 36.5260491°N 118.4784256°W / 36.5260491; -118.4784256Coordinates: 36°31′34″N 118°28′42″W / 36.5260491°N 118.4784256°W / 36.5260491; -118.4784256[4]
Location Tulare County, California, U.S.
Parent range Great Western Divide, Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Triple Divide Peak
First ascent September 1881 by Frederick H. Wales, William B. Wallace and James W. A. Wright[5]
Easiest route Hike, class 1[6]

Mount Kaweah is a mountain in California's Sequoia National Park and forms part of the Kaweah Peaks Ridge, a spur of the Great Western Divide which extends south from Triple Divide Peak. It has a summit elevation of 13,807 feet (4,208 m), the highest along the Kaweah ridge.


The peak was named for the Kaweah River which has its headwaters to the west of the Kaweah Peaks Ridge. The Kaweahs, however, drain into the Kern River.[3] The Kaweah River was named for the Kawai (or Gā'wia) tribe, members of the Yokut people. The Yokut were once known as Mariposa.[7]

Foxtail Pine[edit]

A rare pine, the Foxtail Pine, lives on the southern slopes of Mount Kaweah.[8]

Foxtail Pine below Mount Kaweah (2011)

Highest mountain in the southwest Sierra[edit]

Mount Kaweah is the highest mountain in the southwest Sierra.[9][10]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2008-09-28. 
  2. ^ "Western States Climbers List". Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  3. ^ a b c "Mount Kaweah, California". Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  4. ^ "Mount Kaweah". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-29. 
  5. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. 
  6. ^ Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 116f. ISBN 9780898869712. 
  7. ^ Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. p. 115. ISBN 978-0-89997-119-3. 
  8. ^ "Photo of the habitat view of Foxtail Pine". All Things Plants. Retrieved 2016-03-26. 
  9. ^  Missing or empty |title= (help)
  10. ^ Langenbacher. "Mount Kaweah". Mount Kaweah. Retrieved 1 July 2017. 

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