Agassiz Peak

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This article is about the mountain in Arizona. For other geographic features with this name, see Agassiz (disambiguation).
Agassiz Peak
Agassiz Peak MMD 2012.JPG
Agassiz Peak
Elevation 12,360 ft (3,770 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 556 ft (169 m)[1]
Location
Agassiz Peak is located in Arizona
Agassiz Peak
Agassiz Peak
Coconino County, Arizona, U.S.
Range San Francisco Peaks
Coordinates 35°19′33″N 111°40′41″W / 35.3258419°N 111.677939°W / 35.3258419; -111.677939Coordinates: 35°19′33″N 111°40′41″W / 35.3258419°N 111.677939°W / 35.3258419; -111.677939[2]
Topo map USGS Humphreys Peak
Climbing
Easiest route Hike (see below for closed season)

Agassiz Peak is the second-highest mountain in the U.S. state of Arizona at 12,360 feet (3,767 m). It is located in the San Francisco Peaks in the Coconino National Forest north of Flagstaff, Arizona. The peak was named for Louis Agassiz, the celebrated naturalist.[2]

Many visitors to Flagstaff incorrectly assume that Agassiz Peak is Humphreys Peak, the state high point. This is because Agassiz is between Humphreys and Flagstaff, blocking the view of Humphreys from town.

The mountain is only open to climbers in the winter when it is covered in snow. Hiking above treeline at other times is illegal due to the "threatened with critical habitat" status of the San Francisco Peaks groundsel (Senecio franciscanus).[3]

At a latitude of 35.3258419° N, Agassiz Peak is the southernmost mountain peak in the contiguous United States which rises to a height of more than 12,000 feet above sea level.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Agassiz Peak, Arizona". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  2. ^ a b "Agassiz Peak". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-01-09. 
  3. ^ "Agassiz Peak". SummitPost.org. http://www.summitpost.org/page/150289. Retrieved 2009-01-09.
Agassiz Peak in winter