Three Brothers (Yosemite)

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Three Brothers
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Three Brothers as seen from Valley Loop trail
Highest point
Elevation 7,783 ft (2,372 m)  NAVD 88 [1]
Prominence 379 ft (116 m) [2]
Coordinates 37°44′46″N119°36′53″W / 37.7460126°N 119.614712°W / 37.7460126; -119.614712 Coordinates: 37°44′46″N119°36′53″W / 37.7460126°N 119.614712°W / 37.7460126; -119.614712 [1]
Location Yosemite National Park, Mariposa County, California, United States
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Half Dome
Age of rock Cretaceous
Mountain type granite rock

The Three Brothers is a rock formation, in Yosemite Valley, California. It is located just east of El Capitan and consists of Eagle Peak (the uppermost "brother"), and Middle and Lower Brothers. [3]


The name Three Brothers

Members of the Mariposa Battalion named the Three Brothers after the capture of the three sons of Chief Tenaya near the base of the Three Brothers. [4]

Their original name

The Ahwahnechee name was "Kom-po-pai-zes", or sometimes "Pompomposus", is translated as "mountains with heads like frogs when ready to leap". [4]

John Muir

John Muir considered the view from Eagle Peak to be the most beautiful view of Yosemite Valley available.

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