I helped Google move Mt. Whitney

Mt. Whitney is the tallest peak in the 48 states at 14,505 ft. That is one big mountain. And I helped move Mt. Whitney this summer to a new location in California – on Google Maps!

One of the effects of my July ‘Brokeass Mountain tour’ road trip from Monterey, California to Denver, Colorado and back was a couple of hours time spent studying Google Maps and satellite images of the western U.S.

Mt. Whitney, California is one landmark on Google Maps that I noticed was glaringly out of place with its marker directly in the boundaries of Yosemite National Park.

Google Maps (July 2011) showed Mt. Whitney (west of A pin) in Yosemite National Park.

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On the right side bottom of a Google Map is a link to report a problem. I submitted to Google the problem of Mt. Whitney being located about 100 or so miles north on Google Maps of its actual location in the California Sierra Nevada mountain range.

Google Maps emailed me yesterday to state Mt. Whitney has been relocated on Google Maps.

Google Maps shows Mt. Whitney west of Lone Pine, California (November 2011).

When people ask me what I did last summer, I can honestly say I moved a mountain.

Google Maps - Mt. Whitney, California satellite image (Nov 2011)



About Ric Garrido

Ric Garrido of Monterey, California started Loyalty Traveler in 2006 for traveler education on hotel and air travel, primarily using frequent flyer and frequent guest loyalty programs for bargain travel. Loyalty Traveler joined in 2008.

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  1. Excellent! Now, did you check out the mountain on your way to Denver, to make sure it was all done properly?

  2. @Oliver – I wanted to check the location accuracy of Mt. Whitney this week on a circuitous route to Los Angeles from Monterey, but the snow has come and Mammoth is open for ski season now.

    I do not like mountain snow driving.

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