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Need help ID'ing a peak
August 20, 2012 09:14AM
Does anyone know the ID of the "3 peaks" circled in the photo ? I believe Mt. Clark is the prominent peak on the upper right.






Edited 2 time(s). Last edit at 08/20/2012 09:16AM by The Other Tom.
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August 20, 2012 10:16AM
There is a place on the trail to Merced Lake, far below the elevation of this picture, where that feature is sharp against the sky. I asked a ranger about it and he said that to him it appeared as if I was describing Obsidian Ridge,



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Re: Need help ID'ing a peak
August 20, 2012 11:11AM
I think these are the peaks to the east of Obelisk Lake. I don't think they have a name--and it's probably not "The Obelisks" since "Obelisk" comes from the original name for Mt. Clark.
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August 20, 2012 11:16AM
I believe those are the Cony Crags which are just East of Washburn Lake.

Chris
avatar Re: Need help ID'ing a peak
August 20, 2012 12:04PM
Yes, you are right. That is Mt. Clark to the upper right.
As basil said, that ridge is the ridge that is directly south of Obelisk Lake.
If it is called Obsidian Ridge.... that's pretty cool name.

Ooops... basil said east... and he's right... but I'm right-ish too...
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Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 08/20/2012 12:06PM by chick-on.
avatar Re: Need help ID'ing a peak
August 20, 2012 01:36PM
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chick-on

If it is called Obsidian Ridge.... that's pretty cool name.

The Obelisks would be a cooler name, in my humble opinion. wink
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Re: Need help ID'ing a peak
August 20, 2012 06:52PM
Thanks, guys. So if the name is Obsidian ridge, I assume volcanic activity was involved and there is, well, obsidian in the area ?
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August 20, 2012 07:23PM
Z Other Tom,
If interested... there some more of that ridge in this set:
https://picasaweb.google.com/yosemite.chick.on/Obelisk

Quartzite Peak is also nearby. It def. had some quartz...
I dunno about Obsidian. My guess it's being called Obelisk Ridge...

Have fun



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avatar Re: Need help ID'ing a peak
August 21, 2012 08:22AM
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chick-on

My guess it's being called Obelisk Ridge...


DNC refers to it as Obelisk Peak here:

“This High Sierra Camp trail continues past Booth Lake and rejoins the main trail to Merced Lake at Fletcher Creek. Follow the creek down to a small valley with an optional side trip to Babcock Lake, one of the warmer swimming lakes in Yosemite but a mile detour off your route. After leaving this valley Fletcher Creek becomes a series of whitewater cascade over granite slopes. The trail ascends the perimeter of the granite area and then steeply descends a series of cobblestone switchbacks. Be prepared for a few miles of this terrain until you reach the valley floor of the Merced River. You have a great views of Mt. Clark and Obelisk Peak directly across the valley.”

http://yosemitepark.com/high-sierra-camp-trail-descriptions.aspx


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avatar Re: Need help ID'ing a peak
August 21, 2012 08:44AM
As basil already said... Mt. Clark used to be named Obelisk Peak.
But ... if you want to believe DNC ... go ahead. (I won't)
Are you sure they are referring to that ridge?
Or are they calling Quartzite Obelisk... or 10987 Obelisk?
Or something else entirely?



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avatar Re: Need help ID'ing a peak
August 21, 2012 09:02AM
Mt. Clark was called "The Obelisk" not "Obelisk Peak". wink
avatar Re: Need help ID'ing a peak
August 21, 2012 09:15AM
UNCLE!

ok ok... Obelisk Peak



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avatar Re: Need help ID'ing a peak
August 21, 2012 09:00AM
Rock climber Will Courtney refers to it as Obelisk Peak too...


https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/photo/UkZWjvqtuzmWudoP5EJ9tdMTjNZETYmyPJy0liipFm0


as does one Ms. Abidi:


https://plus.google.com/photos/114453437208144801227/albums/5381097456147347825/5381125266893389362?banner=pwa

(She and her party climbed it after taking the above photo. You would probably enjoy looking at all her public photos of the High Sierra too.)

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avatar Re: Need help ID'ing a peak
August 20, 2012 07:41PM
I've been curious about the name of this feature as well, but something tells me "Obsidian Ridge" is just a mistake on the part of the ranger. Obsidian, Obelisk, he got confused. I doubt there's much obsidian in all that granite. I've seen a few recent instances where the name Obelisk Peak has been repurposed.

A couple of shots from the same angle in May 2012:





Re: Need help ID'ing a peak
August 21, 2012 04:01AM
Thanks for the extra info and faux-toes !
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