Sierra Crest

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Sierra Crest
Sierra Nevada aerial.jpg
View of Sierra Crest near Mount Abbot and Mount Mills
Highest point
PeakMount Whitney
Elevation14,505 ft (4,421 m) NAVD88
Dimensions
Length500 mi (800 km)
Geography
LocationCalifornia, United States

The Sierra Crest is a ~500 mi (800 km) generally north-to-south ridgeline that demarcates the broad west and narrow east slopes of the Sierra Nevada (U.S.) and that extends as far east as the Sierra's topographic front (e.g., Diamond Mountains and Sierran escarpment[1]). The northern and central Sierra Crest sections coincide with over 300 mi (480 km) of the Great Basin Divide,[2] and the southern crest demarcates Tulare and Inyo counties and extends through Kern County to meet the Tehachapi crest; the Sierra Crest also forms two paths (bifurcates) around endorheic cirques (e.g., Cup Lake) between the west and east Sierra slopes.

Theodore Solomons made the first attempt to map a crest route along the Sierras,[3] he was instrumental in envisioning, exploring, and establishing the route of what became the John Muir Trail from Yosemite Valley along the crest of the Sierra Nevada to Mount Whitney.

Sierra Crest is located in California
Pegleg.Mountain
Pegleg.Mountain
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closest.to.Nevada
local.westernmost.point
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Sacramento/San.Joaquin.triple.point
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San.Joaquin/Kings.triple.point
San.Joaquin/Kings.triple.point
Mt.Whitney (highest)
Mt.Whitney (highest)
117.979°W
117.979°W
Sierra Crest extreme points

References[edit]

  1. ^ Wilkerson, Gregg; et al. (2007). "Roadside Geology and Mining History: Owens Valley and Mono Basin" (PDF). BLM.gov. p. 51. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-06-14. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  2. ^ "Boundary Descriptions and Names of Regions, Subregions, Accounting Units and Cataloging Units". USGS.gov. Retrieved 2010-06-07.
  3. ^ Roper, Steve (1997). Sierra High Route: Traversing Timberline Country; the Mountaineers Press. ISBN 0-89886-506-9.