Mount Whitney at sunrise framed through Mobius Arch

June 26, 2014, 1 p.m.
mt whitney through mobius arch

Sunlight pours over the peaks of California's Sierra Crest

This natural golden-colored arch perfectly frames Mount Whitney, the tallest peak in the continental U.S., rising up to a height of 14,505 feet. The arch is variously called Mobius Arch, Movie Road Arch (after the road on which you turn to get to it) or Galen Arch. No matter how you refer to it, the view is amazing and has become a well-loved frame around which to photograph the mountainscape. Mount Whitney wasn’t summitted until 1873. Attempts were made before that, including by Clarence King who attempted one climb in 1871 but ended up climbing Mount Langley by mistake. Actually it wasn’t explorers but three fishermen who are credited with finally making the first ascent, doing so a month before King made a final and successful ascent.

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Jaymi Heimbuch is a writer and photographer at Mother Nature Network. Follow her on Google+, and Facebook.