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Birch Mountain
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Birch Mountain's east side from route 395, May 2009.
Highest point
Elevation 13,608 ft (4,148 m) NAVD 88
Prominence 938 ft (286 m)
  • Sierra Peaks Section
  • Western States Climbers Emblem peak
Birch Mountain is located in California
Birch Mountain
Birch Mountain
Location in California
Birch Mountain is located in the United States
Birch Mountain
Birch Mountain
Location in the United States
Location Inyo County, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Split Mountain
First ascent 1887 by J.W. Bledsoe
Easiest route Scramble by southwest ridge or south slope, class 2

Birch Mountain, or Paokrung (Northern Paiute for "Mountain of Stone"), is one of the fifty highest peaks of California. Of the major peaks of the Palisades, it stands farthest from the Sierra Crest.

Judging by its few summit register entries, it is climbed far less than its nearby fourteener neighbors on the crest. But its placement on the Sierra Peaks Section list adds to its appeal to peak baggers, and its low technical demand makes it a rewarding ski mountaineering destination.

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