Thunder Mountain East Ridge

Independence, California

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Thunder Mountain is the pyramid-shaped peak standing at the junction of the Great Western Divide and the Kings-Kern Divide. The northern summit pinnacle is the highest and is gained by a traverse over precarious blocks and a short jam crack to the summit. Norman Clyde described the peak, “In striking contrast to the mesa-like form of Table Mountain is the slender pyramid of Thunder Mountain only a short distance north of it—one of the finest examples in the Sierra of what would call the ‘Gothic type.’ Its summit tapers to three slender spires, one of which is somewhat higher than the others and only a few feet in diameter at its highest point.”

Thunder Mountain: East Ridge Professional Review and Guide

"Thunder Mountain is the pyramid-shaped peak standing at the junction of the Great Western Divide and the Kings-Kern Divide. The northern summit pinnacle is the highest and is gained by a traverse over precarious blocks and a short jam crack to the summit. Norman Clyde described the peak, “In striking contrast to the mesa-like form of Table Mountain is the slender pyramid of Thunder Mountain only a short distance north of it—one of the finest examples in the Sierra of what would call the ‘Gothic type.’ Its summit tapers to three slender spires, one of which is somewhat higher than the others and only a few feet in diameter at its highest point.”"

Activity Type: Climbing
Nearby City: Independence
Class: Class 4
Local Contacts: Sequoia National Park; Kings Canyon National Park
Local Maps: USGS Manzanar, Mt. Williamson, Mt. Brewer
Driving Directions: Directions to Thunder Mountain: East Ridge

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May 2018