Granite Peak (Montana)

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Granite Peak
Granite Peak Montana 2.jpg
Elevation 12,807 ft (3,904 m) NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 4,759 ft (1,451 m)[2]
Listing U.S. state high point
Location
Granite Peak is located in Montana
Granite Peak
Granite Peak
Park County, Montana, U.S.
Range Beartooth Mountains
Coordinates 45°09′48″N 109°48′27″W / 45.163426647°N 109.807456247°W / 45.163426647; -109.807456247Coordinates: 45°09′48″N 109°48′27″W / 45.163426647°N 109.807456247°W / 45.163426647; -109.807456247[1]
Topo map USGS Granite Peak
Climbing
First ascent 1923 by Elers Koch
Easiest route Southwest Couloir (class 3 scramble)

Granite Peak, at an elevation of 12,807 feet (3,904 m) above sea level,[1] is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Montana, and is the tenth highest state high point in the nation.[3] It lies within the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, in Park County very near the borders of Stillwater County and Carbon County. Granite Peak is 10 miles (16 km) north of the Wyoming border, 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Columbus, Montana.

Granite Peak is one of the most difficult U.S. state highpoint ascents, due to technical climbing, poor weather, and route finding.[4][5] Granite Peak’s first ascent was made by Elers Koch, James C. Whitham and R.T. Ferguson on August 29, 1923 after several failed attempts by others. It was the last of the state highpoints to be climbed.[5] Today, climbers typically spend two or three days ascending the peak, stopping over on the Froze-to-Death Plateau, although some climbers choose to ascend the peak in a single day. Another route that has gained popularity in recent years is the Southwest Couloir route, a non-technical route from the south starting near Cooke City; climbers generally take two days to complete it.

3D model of Granite Peak and surroundings

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References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "Granite Peak". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. 
  2. ^ "Granite Peak, Montana". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2008-12-13. 
  3. ^ "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. April 29, 2005. Retrieved 2009-03-29. 
  4. ^ "Granite Peak, Montana". SummitPost.org. http://www.summitpost.org/page/150239. Retrieved 2012-11-10.
  5. ^ a b Winger, Charlie; Winger, Diane (2002). Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints. Colorado Mountain Club Press. pp. 140–141. 

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