Polemonium, North Palisade, Starlight, Thunderbolt Peaks
|Elevation||14,009 ft (4,270 m) NAVD 88|
|Prominence||203 ft (62 m)|
|Parent peak||North Palisade|
|Location||Fresno and Inyo counties, California, U.S.|
|Parent range||Sierra Nevada|
|Topo map||USGS North Palisade|
|First ascent||August 13, 1933 by Robert Underhill, Norman Clyde, Bestor Robinson, Francis Farbquar, Glen Dawson, Lewis Clark and Jules Eichorn|
|Easiest route||Technical climb, class 4, by several routes|
Thunderbolt Peak is a peak in the Palisades group of peaks in the Sierra Nevada in the U.S. state of California. It rises to 14,009 feet (4,270 m) and could be considered the thirteenth-highest peak in the state, but since the peak has less than 300 feet (91 m) of prominence it is usually considered a subsidiary peak of North Palisade. But if it is considered a separate mountain peak, Thunderbolt Peak is the northernmost fourteener in the Sierra Nevada.
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