Mount Stanford South Ridge

Independence, California

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Although Mt. Stanford is not a technical climb, it offers one of the best scrambles in all of the range and is a worthy goal. Norman Clyde wrote, “Along the Kings-Kern Divide, slightly to the south of Mt. Brewer, are numbers of lofty peaks, the finest of which is Mt. Stanford. It has twin peaks of almost equal height, the northern one being perhaps a few feet the higher. The most southerly of these can be readily scaled from the upper Kern, but few care to traverse the ragged knife-edge that connects it to the more northerly one.”
Climbing California's High Sierra

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Climbing California's High Sierra

by John Moynier & Claude Fiddler (Falcon Guides)

Although Mt. Stanford is not a technical climb, it offers one of the best scrambles in all of the range and is a worthy goal. Norman Clyde wrote, “Along the Kings-Kern Divide, slightly to the south of Mt. Brewer, are numbers of lofty peaks, the finest of which is Mt. Stanford. It has twin peaks of almost equal height, the northern one being perhaps a few feet the higher. The most southerly of these can be readily scaled from the upper Kern, but few care to traverse the ragged knife-edge that connects it to the more northerly one.”

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Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Independence
Class: Class 3
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park; Kings Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS Mt. Williamson, Manzanar
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Stanford: South Ridge

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