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Basin Mountain in California's eastern Sierra Nevada range is a large and visually prominent peak near the city of Bishop. Basin Mountain is not as high as its neighboring peaks, Mount Tom and Mount Humphreys, but it dominates the view to the west from Bishop as it rises above the Buttermilks. It is a relatively easy scramble to the top. The summit is not especially notable, except for the wonderful views it offers of Mount Tom, which dominates the skyline just to the north. The night-time views of Bishop and the Owens valley are spectacular.

Basin Mountain
Basin Mountain.jpg
Basin Mountain's east face in summer
Highest point
Elevation13187+ ft (4020+ m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence421 ft (128 m) [2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section[1]
Coordinates37°17′50″N 118°39′31″W / 37.2971555°N 118.6587268°W / 37.2971555; -118.6587268Coordinates: 37°17′50″N 118°39′31″W / 37.2971555°N 118.6587268°W / 37.2971555; -118.6587268[3]
Basin Mountain is located in California
Basin Mountain
Basin Mountain
LocationInyo County California, U.S.
Parent rangeSierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Tom
First ascentNovember 9, 1930, by Norman Clyde via the North Slope[4]
Easiest routeScramble, class 2 via the North Slope[4]

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  1. ^ "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  2. ^ a b "Basin Mountain, California". Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  3. ^ "Basin Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-06-21.
  4. ^ a b Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. p. 325. ISBN 9780898869712.

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