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Banner Peak is the second tallest peak in the Ritter Range of California's Sierra Nevada. The mountain is 12,942 feet (3,945 m) tall, and there are several glaciers on its slopes. It lies within the boundaries of the Ansel Adams Wilderness; at the foot of the peak lie Garnet Lake, Lake Ediza, and the famous Thousand Island Lake. Banner Peak is near the town of Mammoth Lakes; from there, climbers can hike to the foot of the mountain where various routes reach the summit, the easiest of which is a class 2[6] from the west end of Thousand Island Lake and then the saddle between Banner Peak and the slightly taller Mount Ritter. Other nearby lakes include Lake Catherine and Shadow Lake.

Banner Peak
Mt Banner and Thousand Island Lake.jpg
Banner Peak from Thousand Island Lake
Highest point
Elevation 12,942 ft (3,945 m)  NAVD 88[4]
Prominence 856 ft (261 m) [4]
Parent peak Mount Ritter[1]
Coordinates 37°41′48″N 119°11′43″W / 37.6966°N 119.1951415°W / 37.6966; -119.1951415Coordinates: 37°41′48″N 119°11′43″W / 37.6966°N 119.1951415°W / 37.6966; -119.1951415[5]
Location Madera County, California, U.S.
Parent range Ritter Range, Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Mount Ritter
Age of rock Cretaceous
Mountain type Metavolcanic rock
First ascent 1883 by Willard D. Johnson and John Miller[6]
Easiest route Scramble, class 2[2][6]

The peak was named in 1883 by USGS topographer Willard D. Johnson who observed a banner cloud streaming from the summit.[7]

Banner Peak (right) and Mount Ritter from Garnet Lake.


  1. ^ "Key Col for Banner Peak". Retrieved 2016-03-26.
  2. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-12-09.
  3. ^ "Western States Climbers List". Retrieved 2016-03-27.
  4. ^ a b "Banner Peak, California". Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  5. ^ "Banner Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-07-01.
  6. ^ a b c Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 392. ISBN 9780898869712.
  7. ^ Farquhar, Francis P. (1926). Place Names of the High Sierra. San Francisco: Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-07-01.