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Mount Silliman
Mount Silliman, in Sequoia National Park.jpg
Mount Silliman, from the north near Silliman Pass
Highest point
Elevation 11,193 ft (3,412 m) NAVD 88
Prominence 828 ft (252 m)
Parent peak Midway Mountain
Geography
Location Tulare County, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Mount Silliman
Climbing
First ascent June 28, 1864 by Clarence King, James Gardiner, Richard Cotter, and William Brewer
Easiest route Scramble from Sillman Pass, class 2

Mount Silliman is a mountain in California along the boundary between Sequoia National Park and Kings Canyon National Park The summit, at 11,193 feet (3,412 m) is on the Sillman Crest, a part of the Kings-Kaweah Divide.

History

The peak was named by members of the Whitney Survey in honor of Benjamin Silliman, professor of chemistry at Yale College. William Brewer, the head of the survey, had studied agricultural chemistry under Silliman. Besides the mountain and crest, there are a pass, a creek, a meadow and a lake that bear the name Sillman.

The first recorded ascent was by Clarence King, James Gardiner, Richard Cotter, and William Brewer on June 28, 1864.

Climb

The summit can be approached by way of the Twin Lakes trail from the Lodgepole Campground on the Generals Highway. From Sillman Pass traverse (class 2) to the east ridge and follow it to the summit. There are several more technical routes to the summit which are mostly class 5.6 or more difficult.

Flora

The rare foxtail pine grows directly below Silliman's summit.

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