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Mount Whitney, Tumanguya
Mount Whitney 2003-03-25.jpg
East Face close-up seen from the Whitney Portal.
Elevation14,505 ft (4,421 m)NAVD 88[1]
Prominence10,080 ft (3,072 m)[2]
Ranked 81st
Parent peakEl Pico de Orizaba[3]
ListingUltra prominent peak
U.S. state high point
SPS Emblem peak[4]
Location in California, USA
LocationSequoia National Park / Inyo National Forest, California, USA
RangeSierra Nevada
Coordinates36°34′43″N 118°17′31″W / 36.578580925°N 118.291994950°W / 36.578580925; -118.291994950Coordinates: 36°34′43″N 118°17′31″W / 36.578580925°N 118.291994950°W / 36.578580925; -118.291994950[1]
Topo mapUSGS Mount Whitney
Age of rockCretaceous
First ascentAugust 18, 1873 by Charles Begole, Albert Johnson, and John Lucas [5]
Easiest routeMount Whitney Trail (hike)

Mount Whitney or Tumanguya is a mountain in eastern California. The mountain is about 14,505 feet (4,421 m). This makes Mount Whitney the tallest mountain in the contiguous United States. Mount Whitney is only 76 miles from Badwater in Death Valley National Park, which is the lowest point in the United States.[1] Mount Whitney is in the Sierra Nevada. Mount Whitney was named by the California Geological Survey in 1864, they named it after Josiah Whitney.