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Mount Kaweah
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Mount Kaweah from Red Spur, circa 1932
Highest point
Elevation 13,807 ft (4,208 m) NAVD 88
Prominence 2,027 ft (618 m)
Listing
Geography
Parent range Great Western Divide, Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Triple Divide Peak
Climbing
First ascent September 1881 by Frederick H. Wales, William B. Wallace and James W. A. Wright
Easiest route Hike, class 1

Mount Kaweah is a mountain in California's Sequoia National Park and forms part of the Kaweah Peaks Ridge, a spur of the Great Western Divide which extends south from Triple Divide Peak. It has a summit elevation of 13,807 feet (4,208 m), the highest along the Kaweah ridge.

Name

The peak was named for the Kaweah River which has its headwaters to the west of the Kaweah Peaks Ridge. The Kaweahs, however, drain into the Kern River. The Kaweah River was named for the Kawai (or Gā'wia) tribe, members of the Yokuts people. The Yokuts were once known as Mariposa.

Foxtail Pine

A rare pine, the Foxtail Pine, lives on the southern slopes of Mount Kaweah.

Mount Kaweah in Sequoia National Park, from the High Sierra Trail
Foxtail Pine below Mount Kaweah (2011)

Highest mountain in the southwest Sierra

Mount Kaweah is the highest mountain in the southwest Sierra.

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