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Merced Peak, with an elevation of 11,731 feet (3,576 m), is the highest point in the Clark Range,[2] just surpassing three other peaks; Red Peak (11,704 feet),[5] Gray Peak (11,578 feet),[6] and Mount Clark (11,527 feet).

Merced Peak
Merced Peak is located in California
Merced Peak
Merced Peak
Location in California
Merced Peak is located in the United States
Merced Peak
Merced Peak
Merced Peak (the United States)
Highest point
Elevation11,731 ft (3,576 m)  NAVD 88[2]
Prominence1,206 ft (368 m) [2]
ListingSierra Peaks Section[1]
Coordinates37°38′07″N 119°23′41″W / 37.6352111°N 119.3945904°W / 37.6352111; -119.3945904Coordinates: 37°38′07″N 119°23′41″W / 37.6352111°N 119.3945904°W / 37.6352111; -119.3945904[3]
LocationMadera County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeClark Range
Topo mapUSGS Merced Peak
Easiest routeScramble, class 2[1][4]

Merced Peak is located close to southern border of Yosemite National Park, near the Ottoway Lakes. The summit can be approached from the Quartz Mountain Trailhead over Chiquito pass or from one of two trailheads on the road to Glacier Point.[7]

In 1871, Influential Scottish-American glaciologist John Muir discovered an active alpine glacier below Merced Peak, which helped his theories gain acceptance.


  1. ^ a b "Sierra Peaks Section List" (PDF). Angeles Chapter, Sierra Club. Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  2. ^ a b c "Merced Peak". Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  3. ^ "Merced Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-06-17.
  4. ^ Secor, R.J. (2009). The High Sierra Peaks, Passes, and Trails (3rd ed.). Seattle: The Mountaineers. pp. 408–409. ISBN 9780898869712.
  5. ^ "Red Peak, California". Retrieved 2014-02-23.
  6. ^ "Gray Peak, California". Retrieved 2012-03-08.
  7. ^ "Merced Peak". Retrieved 2012-03-08.

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