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Southern Sierra Nevada

Range TypeGeographically-defined sub-range
Highest PointOlancha Peak (12,123 ft/3695 m)
CountriesUnited States
States/ProvincesCalifornia
Area5,884 sq mi / 15,239 sq km
Area may include lowland areas
Extent114 mi / 183 km North-South
90 mi / 145 km East-West
Center Lat/Long35° 37' N; 118° 40' W
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Map of Southern 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 Southern 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 (Sibling)
         Sequoia Sierra NevadaLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Southern Sierra NevadaLevel 4
                 Central South SierraLevel 5 (Child)
                 South Sierra CrestLevel 5 (Child)
                 Greenhorn MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Scodie MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Piute MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Tehachapi MountainsLevel 5 (Child)



Major Peaks of the Southern Sierra Nevada

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NameftmRange5
1.Olancha Peak12,1233695South Sierra Crest
2.Kern Peak11,4803499Central South Sierra
3.Ed Lane Point11,3063446South Sierra Crest
4.Muah Mountain11,0163358South Sierra Crest
5.Peak 1068010,680+3255+South Sierra Crest
6.Three Rocks10,6603249Central South Sierra
7.Cartago Peak10,480+3194+South Sierra Crest
8.Peak 998099803042Central South Sierra
9.Sirretta Peak99773041Central South Sierra
10.Templeton Mountain9960+3036+Central South Sierra
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.Olancha Peak12,1233695South Sierra Crest
2.Kern Peak11,4803499Central South Sierra
3.Piute Peak8440+2573+Piute Mountains
4.Sunday Peak82952528Greenhorn Mountains
5.Double Mountain79812433Tehachapi Mountains
6.Scodie Mountain72942223Scodie Mountains



Photos of Peaks in the Southern Sierra Nevada

Deer Mountain
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Deer Mountain, shot from the 8,800 peak 1.5 miles south (2015-03-21). Photo by Aidan Butler.
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Piute Lookout
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Approaching Piute Lookout summit (2014-03-21). Photo by Patrick ONeill.
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Baker Point
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The fire lookout at Baker Point is not presently used. The building was constructed in about 1950 (2005-10-03). Photo by Richard Carey.
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Nicolls Peak
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Heald and Nicolls from Onyx (2014-10-11). Photo by John Ray.
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