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Navigation Aids

Have you ever hiked to the top of one of our beautiful mountains and wondered what mountain peak that was off in the distance or what city that was down below? Are you planning a trip and you'd like to know what topographic map you'll need to bring along or what things you might see along the way? You'll find the answers to these questions and many more by visiting the webpages listed below.

The information listed here assumes that you have a basic knowledge of wilderness navigation and skill in using a map and compass. Both of these subjects are covered in depth in the Wilderness Travel Course. The coordinate information used for these calculations is based on the USGS Geographic Names Information System (GNIS) database for California (dated 14-Jan-2003). In some cases the Sierra Club Peak Sections might recognize a slightly different location for one of their summits. In those cases please refer to the Angeles Chapter Peak Section website for the exact peak location.

Please note that students are required to obtain a compass for the navigational aspects of the class. In order to make a compass purchase easier on you, students in WTC may purchase a Suunto MC-2 compass at a reduced cost of $35 during the on-line application process. The compass can also be purchased at the time of the class if there are any still available. Click here to find out more about the Suunto MC-2 compass.

Sierra Nevada Mountain Peaks
Here is a list of Sierra Nevada mountain peaks based on the Angleles Chapter's Sierra Peak Section (SPS) peak list. These peaks range from 6000' to over 14,000'. These peaks are common Sierra Club WTC experience trip destinations. Click on the link below to view this peak information.

Southern California Mountain Peaks (above 5000')
Here is a list of Southern California mountain peaks based on the Angleles Chapter's Hundred Peak Section (HPS) peak list. These peaks are all over 5000' and are common Sierra Club day hike destinations. Click on the link below to view this peak information.

Southern California Mountain Peaks (below 5000')
Here is a list of Southern California mountain peaks based on the Angleles Chapter's Lower Peak Committee (LPC) peak list. These peaks are all below 5000' and are common Sierra Club day hike destinations. Click on the link below to view this peak information.

Desert Peaks
Here is a list of desert mountain peaks based on the Angleles Chapter's Desert Peak Section (DPS) peak list. These peaks are located in California, Arizona, Utah, and Mexico. Click on the link below to view this peak information.

San Diego Peaks
Here is a list of mountain peaks based on the San Diego Chapter's peak list. These peaks are located in San Diego County, California. Click on the link below to view this peak information.

California Cities
Would you like to know what mountain peaks you can see from your home? How about what are the closest listed peaks to places like Lone Pine or Bishop? You can use this page to see how far away a certain mountain peak is from your location or see what the nearest listed peak is to your house. Click on the link below to view this information.

Topographic Map Information
Here is a reference to the items shown on a typical topographic map. Click on Topographic Map Information to view this reference.




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