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Mount Lyell - 4 Things to Know Before Visiting

Mt Lyell, California, USA

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About Mount Lyell

This is the highest point in Yosemite National Park. The peak as well as nearby Lyell Canyon is named after Charles Lyell, a well-known 19th century geologist. The peak had one of the last remaining glaciers in Yosemite, Lyell Glacier. The most common approach to Mount Lyell is from Tuolumne Meadows on a highly traveled section of the John Muir Trail.

Attractions Near Mount Lyell

Rodgers Peak
Rodgers Peak2.08km from Mount Lyell

Rodgers Peak is a mountain in the Sierra Nevada in United States. The peak features commanding views over the drainage of the North Fork of the San Joaquin to nearby Davis, Banner, and Ritter, as well as towards its Yosemite neighbours Lyell and Maclure.Mount Davis, Banner Peak, and Mount Ritter are visible from the summit, as well as the Yosemite peaks Mount Maclure and Mount Lyell. Electra Peak is quite close, and Foerster Peak is also near.

Mount Florence
Mount Florence3.84km from Mount Lyell

Mount Florence is a remote and isolated peak deep in the Yosemite backcountry, and ranks as the tenth highest in the national park. marks the southern boundary of Sequoia National Park. On the summit the Sequoia-Kings Canyon Wilderness, the John Krebs Wilderness and Golden Trout Wilderness meet. It is a good trekking destination and also there are so many things to see and do.

Mount Ansel Adams
Mount Ansel Adams4.62km from Mount Lyell

Mount Ansel Adams is a peak in the Sierra Nevada of California. At an elevation of 11,766 ft. the summit is in Yosemite National Park near the park's eastern boundary. It lies 0.8 miles northeast of Foerster Peak and 1.3 miles west-southwest of Electra Peak[2] at the head of the Lyell Fork of the Merced River. It was named in 1985 for Ansel Adams, the preeminent landscape photographer, conservationist, and member of the Board of Directors of the Sierra Club, a role he maintained for 37 years.

Mount Davis
Mount Davis5.39km from Mount Lyell

Mount Davis is a prominent peak in the Ansel Adams Wilderness on the Inyo National Forest and south of Yosemite National Park. The peak was named in honor of Lieutenant Milton Fennimore Davis, who was with the first troops detailed to guard Yosemite National Park. Davis was the first person to climb the peak.

Thousand Island Lake
Thousand Island Lake8.11km from Mount Lyell

Thousand Island Lake is a large alpine lake in the Sierra Nevada, within the Ansel Adams Wilderness in eastern Madera County, California. It is the source of the Middle Fork of the San Joaquin River, which flows southeast, and then west, into the San Joaquin Valley. The lake is a glacial tarn, formed in the bottom of a cirque when a glacier retreated.

Banner Peak
Banner Peak8.29km from Mount Lyell

This is the most picturesque peak in the Sierra Nevada. It is the second highest peak in the Ritter Range. The mountain is 12,942 feet tall, and there are several glaciers on its slopes. It lies within the boundaries of the Ansel Adams Wilderness. Banner Peak is most photogenic from the northeast: it seems to be floating on the vast 2-mile wide waters of Thousand Island Lake, while bulky Mount Ritter is hidden from view

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Madera County
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Madera is the Spanish term for wood. The county derives its name from the town of Madera, named when the California Lumber Company built a log flume to carry lumber to the Central Pacific Railroad there in 1876.