Mt. Whitney at 14,494 ft. (4,418 meters) located in California is the tallest mountain located west of the Mississippi River. The 2nd highest peak is Mt. Elbert, located 10 miles southwest of Leadville, Colorado. It stands at 14,433 ft. (4,399 meters).
Mount Whitney, of the California Sierra Nevada, holds several distinctions. It is the highpoint of both Inyo & Tulare counties. It is the highest summit in the Sierra, & indeed in all of California. Lastly, it rises higher than any piece of land in the U.S. outside of Alaska.
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