Category: Sierra Nevada

Mount Ritter

Mount Ritter When the electrified chaos of the city becomes too loud, it is necessary to escape to nature. John Muir waxed poetic on the subject, and I would tend to agree with his waxings. A visit to Mount Ritter, whose jagged profile can be seen from his eponymous trail in the Sierra Nevada Mountains …

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Sentinel Dome

Sentinel Dome Sentinel Dome is a rock formation that lies on the south end of Yosemite Valley in California’s Yosemite National Park. It is less than a mile southwest of scenic Glacier Point, where visitors can get amazing views of the granite rock formations in the valley, including views of the famous El Capitan and …

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Half Dome

Half Dome Half Dome is a granite rock formation in California’s Yosemite Valley that was named for its half-dome shape. Like many of the rock formations in Yosemite, including El Capitan, Half Dome was formed with the aid of glaciation, and the Half Dome rock is approximately 93 million years old. Here is a description …

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El Capitan

El Capitan El Capitan is a vertical rock formation located in Yosemite Valley in Yosemite National Park that has become a popular destination for rock climbers, even though it was once considered impossible to climb. The name El Capitan translates to “The Captain” or “The Chief.” What is El Capitan made out of? It is …

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Mount Whitney

Mount Whitney Mount Whitney is the highest point in the contiguous United States, yet interestingly enough, it lies next to the lowest point in North America at Badwater Basin in Death Valley National Park.  It is also the highest peak in California.  Mount Whitney sits on the boundary between California’s Inyo and Tulare counties, near …

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