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Mount Le Conte
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Mount Le Conte from Boreal Plateau.
Highest point
Elevation 13,936 ft (4,248 m) NAVD 88
Prominence 1,003 ft (306 m)
Parent peak Mount Whitney
Listing
  • SPS Mountaineers peak
  • Western States Climbers Star peak
Geography
Location Inyo and Tulare counties, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Mount Whitney
Climbing
First ascent July 1925 by Norman Clyde
Easiest route Exposed scramble, class 3

Mount Le Conte (or LeConte) is a mountain located in the Sierra Nevada of California. The boundary between Inyo and Tulare counties runs along the crest of the Sierra, across Mount Le Conte. The mountain was named in 1895 for Joseph Le Conte (1823–1901), the first professor of geology and natural history at the University of California.

Geography

Mount Le Conte is about 3.5 miles (5.6 km) southeast of Mount Whitney, and is flanked to the northwest by Mount Mallory, and to the southeast by Mount Corcoran.

The southwest side of Mount Le Conte drains into Rock Creek, thence into the Kern River, which ends in the Central Valley of California. The north side of Mount Le Conte drains into Meysan Creek, thence into Lone Pine Creek, which ends in the Owens Valley. The east side of Le Conte drains into Tuttle Creek, and thence into Diaz Lake in the Owens Valley.

The southwest side is in Sequoia National Park while the north and east is in the John Muir Wilderness of the Inyo National Forest. The Pacific Crest Trail enters the park from the south at Siberian Pass about 5 miles (8.0 km) south of Mount Le Conte, and runs through the park a few miles west of the Sierra Crest.

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