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Banner Peak

Banner Peak from Thousand Island Lake
Elevation 12,936 ft (3,942.9 m) NGVD 29[1]
Prominence 856 ft (260.9 m) [1]
Parent peak Mount Ritter [2]
Listing Sierra Peaks Section [3]
Location Madera County, California, USA
Range Ritter Range, Sierra Nevada
Coordinates 37°41′48″N 119°11′43″W / 37.6966000°N 119.1951415°W / 37.6966000; -119.1951415Coordinates: 37°41′48″N 119°11′43″W / 37.6966000°N 119.1951415°W / 37.6966000; -119.1951415[4]
Topo map USGS Mount Ritter
Type Metavolcanic rock
Age of rock Cretaceous
First ascent 1883 by Willard D. Johnson and John Miller
Easiest route Scramble, class 2 [3][5]

Banner Peak is the second tallest peak in the Ritter Range of California's Sierra Nevada. The mountain is 12,936 feet (3,943 m) tall and there are a few glaciers on its slopes. It lies within the boundaries of the Ansel Adams Wilderness; at the foot of the peak lie Garnet Lake and the famous Thousand Island Lake. Banner Peak is near the town of Mammoth Lakes; from there, climbers can hike to the foot of the mountain where various routes, the easiest of which is a class 2,[3] reach the summit. Other nearby lakes to the peak include Lake Catherine, Shadow Lake, and Ediza Lake.

The peak was named in 1883 by USGS topographer Willard D. Johnson who observed a banner cloud streaming from the summit.[6]


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