Sat, Mar 26, 2005
Granite Mountain (6,620 ft.)
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
For more information see these SummitPost pages: 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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