Josephine Peak P500 HPS
Strawberry Peak P1K HPS
Mt. Lawlor P500 HPS
Mt. Wilson HPS
Mt. Markham HPS
Mt. Lowe HPS
Mt. Disappointment HPS
San Gabriel Peak P1K HPS
Mt. Harvard ex-HPS
Iron Mountain HPS
Roundtop HPS
Granite Mountain HPS
Rabbit Peak HPS

Sat, Mar 26, 2005

With: Matthew Holliman

Etymology
Josephine Peak
Strawberry Peak
Mt. Lawlor
Mt. Wilson
Mt. Markham
Mt. Lowe
Mt. Disappointment
San Gabriel Peak
Mt. Harvard
Iron Mountain
Roundtop
Granite Mountain
Rabbit Peak
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Granite Mountain (6,620 ft.)

"Named for the granite outcroppings evident on the summit.

Granite is a common, coarse-grained, lightcolored, hard igneous (formed by crystallization from a molten state) intrusive rock relatively rich in silica (SiO2), potassium (K), and sodium (Na). Although Gudde notes that there are over fifty place-names using the term 'granite' elsewhere in California, its relatively little used in our area. Many early immigrants to Los Angeles were from the South and Midwest so regionalism may have precluded local adoption of a New England state nickname. To have personal characteristics that are as hard as granite is to have unyielding endurance, steadfastness, and firmness.

The Peak was known to the Serrano Indians as 'Astrákutava't'.

Name first appears on USGS Alder Creek topo (1941).

Peak was on the original 1946 HPS Peak List. Weldon Heald climbed this peak in 1940."

- HPS Summit Signatures

"Granite, referring to a rock formation, is a term used to name more than fifty geographic features in mountainous areas of the state. The cluster name between the Middle and South Forks of the Kings River, where large masses of granite are found, originated with the Whitney Survey. Placer Co. has a Granite Chief, Inyo Co. a Granite Park, and Madera Co. a Granite Stairway. Sometimes the name has been applied to settlements: Granite Gate, [Los Angeles Co.], Granite Creek [Madera Co.] and Granite Hill [El Dorado Co.]. In some cases the places may have been named for the 'Granite State,' New Hampshire.
- Erwin G. Gudde, California Place Names


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