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Mount Ritter

Mount Ritter (left) from the John Muir Trail, July 2006
Elevation 13,149 ft (4,007.8 m) NAVD 88[1][2]
Prominence 3,957 ft (1,206.1 m) [2]
Parent peak Mount Patterson [3]
Listing SPS Emblem peak [4]
Location Madera County, California, USA
Range Sierra Nevada, Ritter Range
Coordinates 37°41′22″N 119°11′57″W / 37.6893780°N 119.1990298°W / 37.6893780; -119.1990298Coordinates: 37°41′22″N 119°11′57″W / 37.6893780°N 119.1990298°W / 37.6893780; -119.1990298 [5]
Topo map USGS Mount Ritter
Type Metavolcanic rock
Age of rock Cretaceous
First ascent 1872 by John Muir [6]
Easiest route Snow/rock scramble

Mount Ritter is located in the Sierra Nevada of the state of California, in the southwestern United States. It is made of a strikingly dark rock, and is quite prominent due to its height and isolation (30 miles (48 km)).[2] It is in the middle of the Ritter Range, which include Banner Peak and the Minarets.

The mountain is named for Carl Ritter, who had been a teacher of Josiah Whitney when he was a student in Berlin in the 1840s.[7]

See also


  1. ^ The National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29) elevation of 13,140 feet (4,005 m) has been converted to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88), using the National Geodetic Survey's online vertical conversion tool. "VERTCON Orthometric Height Conversion". National Geodetic Survey website. Retrieved 2009-06-21. 
  2. ^ a b c "Mount Ritter, California". Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  3. ^ "California P2000 List Page". Retrieved 2008-09-21. 
  4. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List". Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Mount Ritter". Geographic Names Information System. U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  6. ^ Muir, John. "Mount Ritter". The Mountains of California. Retrieved 2009-08-09. 
  7. ^ Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. p. 183. ISBN 0-89997-047-8. 

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