Banner Peak

Banner Peak is the second tallest peak in the Ritter Range of California's Sierra Nevada.[7] The mountain is 12,942 feet (3,945 m) tall, and there are several glaciers on its slopes. It lies within the boundaries of the Ansel Adams Wilderness; at the foot of the peak lie Garnet Lake, Lake Ediza, and the famous Thousand Island Lake. Banner Peak is near the town of Mammoth Lakes; from there, climbers can hike to the foot of the mountain where various routes reach the summit, the easiest of which is a class 2[6] from the west end of Thousand Island Lake and then the saddle between Banner Peak and the slightly taller Mount Ritter. Other nearby lakes include Lake Catherine and Shadow Lake.

Banner Peak
Banner Peak from Thousand Island Lake
Highest point
Elevation12,942 ft (3,945 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence856 ft (261 m)[1]
Parent peakMount Ritter[2]
Listing
Coordinates37°41′48″N 119°11′43″W[5]
Geography
LocationMadera County, California, U.S.
Parent rangeRitter Range, Sierra Nevada
Topo mapUSGS Mount Ritter
Geology
Age of rockCretaceous
Mountain typeMetavolcanic rock
Climbing
First ascent1883 by Willard D. Johnson and John Miller[6]
Easiest routeScramble, class 2[3][6]

The peak was named in 1883 by USGS topographer Willard D. Johnson who observed a banner cloud streaming from the summit.[8]

Banner Peak (right) and Mount Ritter from Garnet Lake.

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