Good morning, Mr. Whitney! Quite visible from below the eastern face of the Sierra Nevada is the highest point in the contiguous United States, Mount Whitney. At about 14,500 feet in elevation it’s more of a high point along a granite ridge than a mountain of singular beauty but there it stands, receiving the first light of day before anywhere else in the Sierra. This view of the mountain, way back at the far end of Lone Pine Canyon, is from the fascinating Alabama Hills near the town of Lone Pine, CA.
In case you are wondering, Josiah Whitney was the head of the 1860-1868 geological survey team that surveyed all of California. The team named the highest peak after their leader. Yale educated Whitney famously clashed with John Muir over the origin of Yosemite Valley, saying it was the result of the sinking of the valley floor. Muir argued that the valley was carved by glaciers.
Muir was correct.
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