Mount Barnard is a mountain in the U.S. state of California, and has the dubious distinction of being the highest thirteener, a peak between 13,000 and 13,999 feet (3,962 and 4,267 m) in elevation, in the United States. It is located on the Sierra Crest and straddles the boundary between Tulare and Inyo counties about 2 miles (3 km) southwest of Mount Williamson, the second-highest peak in the state; Mount Barnard is the twelfth-highest.[7][8]

Mount Barnard
Mount Barnard is located in California
Mount Barnard
Mount Barnard
Mount Barnard is located in the United States
Mount Barnard
Mount Barnard
Highest point
Elevation13,996 ft (4,266 m)  NAVD 88[4]
Prominence932 ft (284 m) [4]
Parent peakMount Tyndall[1]
Coordinates36°37′43″N 118°19′16″W / 36.6285461°N 118.3212041°W / 36.6285461; -118.3212041Coordinates: 36°37′43″N 118°19′16″W / 36.6285461°N 118.3212041°W / 36.6285461; -118.3212041[5]
LocationInyo / Tulare counties, California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Williamson
First ascentSeptember 25, 1892 by W. L. Hunter, John Hunter, William Hunter and C. Mulholland.[6]
Easiest routeEasy scramble, class 2

The first ascent was by W. L. Hunter, John Hunter, William Hunter and C. Mulholland on September 25, 1892. They named the peak in honor of E. E. Barnard, a noted astronomer.[6]


  1. ^ "Key Col for Mount Barnard". Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  2. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  3. ^ "Western States Climbers List". Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  4. ^ a b "Mount Barnard, California". Retrieved 2012-07-30.
  5. ^ "Mount Barnard". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  6. ^ a b Browning, Peter (1986). Place Names of the Sierra Nevada. Berkeley: Wilderness Press. p. 11. ISBN 0899971199.
  7. ^ "California Thirteeners: The Official Vulgarian Ramblers List". Retrieved 2009-01-18.
  8. ^ "California 13,500-foot Peaks". Retrieved 2009-01-18.

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