Split Mountain

Big Pine, California

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The second-easiest ascent of a 14,000-foot mountain in the Sierra (Mount Muir is the easiest). The large cleft separating the north and south summits makes this peak easily identifiable from down in Owens Valley. Split Mountain is an increasingly popular alternative to the crowded Mount Whitney, especially for hikers with four-wheel-drive vehicles. Split Mountain, although technically easy, is a long, steep climb and makes for a lengthy day.
Climbing California's Mountains

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Climbing California's Mountains

by Jay Anderson (Falcon Guides)

The second-easiest ascent of a 14,000-foot mountain in the Sierra (Mount Muir is the easiest). The large cleft separating the north and south summits makes this peak easily identifiable from down in Owens Valley. Split Mountain is an increasingly popular alternative to the crowded Mount Whitney, especially for hikers with four-wheel-drive vehicles. Split Mountain, although technically easy, is a long, steep climb and makes for a lengthy day.

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Big Pine
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 7,658 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Class: Class 3
Season: Best June through September
Trailhead Elevation: 6,400 feet
Top Elevation: 14,058 feet
Local Contacts: Inyo National Forest
Local Maps: Northern California Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Split Mountain
Driving Directions: Directions to Split Mountain

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May 2018