|Elevation 07||10,509 ft (3,203 m)|
|Prominence 07||629 ft (192 m)|
|Parent peak 07||Sing Peak (10,540 ft)|
|Isolation||1.33 mi (2.14 km)|
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Madera Peak (the United States)Show map of the United States
|Location||Madera County, California, U.S.|
|Parent range||Sierra Nevada|
|Topo map||USGS Timber Knob|
|Age of rock||Cretaceous|
|Mountain type||Fault block|
|Type of rock||Metamorphic rock, Granodiorite|
|Easiest route||class 2 from southwest|
Madera Peak is a 10,509-foot-elevation (3,203 meter) mountain summit located in Madera County, California, United States. It is situated in the Ansel Adams Wilderness of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Madera Peak is the southernmost summit of an ancient ridge from which the Clark Range formed. The mountain is set 2.2 miles (3.54 km) south-southeast of Gale Peak, and topographic relief is significant as the summit rises 1,600 feet (488 meters) above Lady Lake in 0.38 mile (0.6 km). Precipitation runoff from this landform drains into tributaries of the San Joaquin River.
This geographical feature was originally named "Black Peak", but the Madera County Chamber of Commerce petitioned for the name to be changed to perpetuate the name of the county, thus the "Madera Peak" toponym was officially adopted in 1932 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. Madera County derived its name from the town of Madera, which in turn was laid out by the California Lumber Company in 1876. "Madera" is the Spanish language word for "wood".
According to the Köppen climate classification system, Madera Peak is located in an alpine climate zone. Most weather fronts originate in the Pacific Ocean and travel east toward the Sierra Nevada mountains. As fronts approach, they are forced upward by the peaks (orographic lift), causing them to drop their moisture in the form of rain or snowfall onto the range.
View from summit of Madera Peak looking southeast.
Northeast aspect of Madera Peak (upper right corner) from Vandeburg Lake.
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- Geology of the Yosemite area
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- Weather forecast: Madera Peak
- Madera Peak / Vandeburg Lake (photo): Flickr