Kearsarge Pass facts for kids
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View west into the Sierra Nevada
|Elevation||11,709 feet (3,569 m)|
|Traversed by||Kearsarge Pass Trail|
|Location||Fresno and Inyo counties, California, United States|
|Coordinates||36°46′21″N 118°22′34″W / 36.7726017°N 118.3762477°W|
Kearsarge Pass is a pass in the Sierra Nevada of California. The pass lies on the Sierra Crest at 11,709 feet (3,569 m). The pass permits foot traffic between Kings Canyon National Park and the John Muir Wilderness.
The pass was named after the Kearsarge mine to the east, which was named by its owners after the USS Kearsarge, the ship that destroyed the CSS Alabama. The Alabama Hills were named after the latter ship, and the mine was named in reaction. The first known crossing of Kearsarge Pass was in 1864.
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