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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
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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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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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Mount Humphreys
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Mt. Humphreys from the south (2013-06-08). Photo by Craig Barlow.
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Mount Winchell
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Mt. Winchell from the east (2013-07-13). Photo by Craig Barlow.
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Mount Morgan
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Mount Morgan as seen on traverse from Twelve Flags. Taken on day 2 of the 2013 Sierra Challenge (2013-08-17). Photo by Patrick ONeill.
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Bear Creek Spire
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Bear Creek Spire from Mosquito Flat (2012-09-22). Photo by Craig Barlow.
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Mount Dade
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Mount Dade from Pipsqueak Spire (2012-09-22). Photo by Mark McCormick.
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