Merced Peak P1K SPS / WSC
Triple Divide Peak P500 WSC

Sat, Sep 30, 1995

With: Ray Bloker

  Etymology
Merced Peak
Triple Divide Peak
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Merced Peak later climbed Fri, Jul 11, 2008

Merced Peak (11,726 ft.)

Named by Wheeler Survey in 1878

Also River, County, Falls, Fork, Grove, Pass, Lake

"The name Nuestra Senora de la Merced was given to the river by an expedition headed by gabriel Moraga on Sept. 29, 1806, five days after the feast day of Our Lady of Mercy. Fremont speaks of Rio de la Merced in his Expl. exp. (p.360), and Tuolumne River is labeled Rio de la Merced on Preuss's map of 1845. The modern name seems to have come into general use with the Gold Rush. ... Merced Peak is shown on Wheeler atlas sheet 56-D. Merced Pass was discovered by Corporal Ottoway in 1895 and named by Lt. H. C. Benson. The lake above Little Yosemite Valley was discovered by John Muir in 1872 and named Shadow Lake, but it has been designated as Merced Lake by the BGN."
- Erwin Gudde, California Place Names

"The Clark Range was known as both the 'Obelisk Group' and the 'Merced Group' at the time of the Whitney Survey. (Whitney, The Yosemite Book, 1868, 97.) The present name for the peak first appears on the Wheeler Survey atlas sheet 56D, 1878-79. The fork was named on the 15-minute quad, 1953."
- Peter Browning, Place Names of the Sierra Nevada


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