Thunder Mountain (Amador County, California)

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Thunder Mountain
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Thunder Mountain
Highest point
Elevation 9,414 ft (2,869 m)  NAVD 88 [1]
Prominence 330 ft (101 m) [1]
Listing California county high points 16th
Coordinates 38°40′27″N120°05′27″W / 38.6740752°N 120.090742°W / 38.6740752; -120.090742 Coordinates: 38°40′27″N120°05′27″W / 38.6740752°N 120.090742°W / 38.6740752; -120.090742 [2]
Geography
Location Amador County, California, U.S.
Parent range Sierra Nevada
Topo map USGS Caples Lake

Thunder Mountain in the Sierra Nevada of California is located east of Silver Lake and west of Kirkwood Mountain Resort [3] in the Eldorado National Forest. The mountain has two peaks, the 9,414-foot (2,869 m) main peak [1] and a 9,412-foot (2,869 m) sub-peak west of the main peak. [4] The main summit is the highest point in Amador County. [1] Due to the high elevation, most precipitation that falls on Thunder Mountain consists of snow. [5]

The peak was named by United States Forest Service personnel because "thunderstorms appear to build up in that area." [6]

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