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Florence Peak
Florence Peak and Florence Lake.jpg
Florence Peak and Franklin Lake
Highest point
Elevation 12,437 ft (3,791 m) NAVD 88
Prominence 1,033 ft (315 m)
Listing
  • Sierra Peaks Section
  • Western States Climbers Emblem peak
Geography
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Mineral King
Climbing
Easiest route Simple scramble, class 2

Florence Peak is a mountain located on the Great Western Divide, a sub-range of the southern Sierra Nevada of California. It is located about 6 miles (9.7 km) southeast of the community of Silver City and 4.5 miles (7.2 km) from the roads end at Mineral King. It marks the southern boundary of Sequoia National Park. On the summit the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness, the John Krebs Wilderness and Golden Trout Wilderness meet.

Geography

The peak rises to an elevation of 12,438 feet (3,791 m), making it one of the highest mountains south of Mount Whitney. The Franklin Lakes, a series of tarns, lie in a cirque on north side of the peak and these drain into the Kaweah River by way of Franklin Creek. The eastern slopes drain into the Kern River. The southwestern flank drains into the 10,000-foot (3,048 m) Bullfrog Lakes and thence into the Little Kern River.

The high elevation of the peak means that most of the precipitation it receives falls as snow.

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