Sierra Nevada Crest

The chart below shows an exaggerated view of the Sierra Nevada crest as seen from the west. The crest climbs from less than 6,000 ft. at the northern end nearest Mt. Lassen to the peak of Mt. Whitney (14,494 ft.) over 300 miles to the south. From there it drops rapidly to the southern terminus of the Sierra at Tehachapi Pass. There is one very notable gap in the crest, just south of Yosemite National Park in the Mammoth Lakes region. Though no road crosses the Sierra in this location, several have been proposed in the past.

Sierra passes and and notable locations are marked at their relative elevations on the chart.

See also:

Profile of the Sierra Nevada Crest

Source: Atlas of California, 1979.