Red Lake Peak

Red Lake Peak (elevation 10,068 feet or 3,069 metres) is believed to be the vantage point from which John C. Fremont and Charles Preuss made the first recorded sighting of Lake Tahoe by Europeans in February 1844 as Fremont's exploratory expedition made a desperate crossing of the Sierra Nevada through what is now Carson Pass on their way to obtain provisions at Sutter's Fort.[5] The peak lies just north of the pass and generally northwest of the small lake east of the pass for which the peak is named. Lake Tahoe is visible to the north from the peak.

Red Lake Peak
Highest point
Elevation10,068 ft (3,069 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence1,463 ft (446 m) [1]
Parent peakRound Top (Alpine County)[2]
ListingTahoe OGUL Emblem Peak[3]
Coordinates38°42′51″N 119°59′15″W / 38.7140738°N 119.9874047°W / 38.7140738; -119.9874047Coordinates: 38°42′51″N 119°59′15″W / 38.7140738°N 119.9874047°W / 38.7140738; -119.9874047[4]
LocationAlpine County, California, U.S.
Topo mapUSGS Carson Pass
First ascentFebruary 1844 by John C. Fremont and Charles Preuss


  1. ^ a b "Red Lake Peak, California". Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  2. ^ "Red Lake Peak". Retrieved 2011-06-03.
  3. ^ "Tahoe OGUL Peak List". Western State Climbers. Retrieved 2014-01-20.
  4. ^ "Red Lake Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-07-29.
  5. ^ Farquhar, Francis Peloubet (1965). History of the Sierra Nevada. University of California Press. p. 56. ISBN 0-520-01551-7.

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