Mount Morgan (Inyo County, California)

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Not to be confused with Mount Morgan (Mono County, California) located 9 miles (14 km) to the north northeast.
Mount Morgan
Mt Morgan.jpg
Morgan seen from Little Lakes Valley
Highest point
Elevation 13,758 ft (4,193 m)  NAVD 88[3]
Prominence 2,628 ft (801 m) [4]
Parent peak Mount Humphreys[1]
Listing Sierra Peaks Section[2]
Coordinates Lua error in Module:Coordinates at line 668: callParserFunction: function "#coordinates" was not found.[3]
Location Inyo County, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Mount Morgan
First ascent About 1870 by the Wheeler Survey party[5]
Easiest route Scramble, class 2[2]

Mount Morgan is a mountain located in northwestern Inyo County, California, in the John Muir Wilderness of the Inyo National Forest.


Morgan stands within the endorheic watershed of Owens Lake, now a mostly dry lake since its main source of water, the Owens River, was diverted to supply Los Angeles. The west and north sides of Mt. Morgan drain into Rock Creek, thence into the Owens River. The east and south sides of Morgan drain into Morgan Creek, thence into Pine Creek, and into lower Rock Creek.


Morgan can be accessed by trail from Rock Creek Canyon, above Tom's Place on 395. Its trailhead is at the far end of the lake. The trail is well marked the first 4 miles (6.4 km) to Francis Lake, where it ends. From there it is a scramble up rocky slopes for 2 miles (3.2 km) to the summit.[6]


In 1878 members of the Wheeler Survey, who made the first ascent in about 1870,[5] named the mountain for one of its members, J.H. Morgan of Alabama.[7]

See also


  1. "Mount Morgan". Retrieved 2012-04-01. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. 
  3. 3.0 3.1 "Morgan". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. 
  4. "Mount Morgan, California". 
  5. 5.0 5.1 Roper, Steve (1976). The Climber's Guide to the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club Books. p. 341. ISBN 9780871561473. 
  6. "Lake Francis Trail". 
  7. Gudde, Erwin G. (1949). California Place Names. Berkeley: Univ. of California Press. p. 224. 

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