West Elk Mountains

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West Elk Mountains from McClure Pass

The West Elk Mountains are a high mountain range in the west-central part of the U.S. state of Colorado. They lie primarily within the Gunnison National Forest, and part of the range is protected as the West Elk Wilderness. The range is primarily located in Gunnison County, with small parts in eastern Delta and Montrose counties.

The West Elks are surrounded by tributaries of the Gunnison River. The range is bounded on the north by the North Fork of the Gunnison and on the east by the East River, another tributary of the Gunnison. On the south and west it is contiguous with Black Mesa and Fruitland Mesa, both part of the uplift in which sits the Black Canyon of the Gunnison. On the northeast it is contiguous with the Elk Mountains, being separated from them by Anthracite Creek and Coal Creek. Nearby towns include Gunnison, Paonia, and the ski resort of Crested Butte.

Prominent peaks[edit]

The 8 Peaks of the West Elk Mountains With At Least 500 Meters of Topographic Prominence
Rank Mountain Peak Elevation Prominence Isolation
1 West Elk Peak NGS PB 3975.200 = 13,042 feet
3975 m
0943.356 = 3,095 feet
943 m
00022.18 = 13.8 miles
22.2 km
2 Mount Gunnison NGS PB 3878.700 = 12,725 feet
3879 m
1081.735 = 3,549 feet
1082 m
00019.05 = 11.8 miles
19.1 km
3 Whetstone Mountain NGS PB 3818.100 = 12,527 feet
3818 m
0748.589 = 2,456 feet
749 m
00015.11 = 9.4 miles
15.1 km
4 East Beckwith Mountain NGS PB 3792.100 = 12,441 feet
3792 m
0759.562 = 2,492 feet
760 m
00011.01 = 6.8 miles
11.0 km
5 Anthracite Peak NGS PB 3777.800 = 12,394 feet
3778 m
0647.700 = 2,125 feet
648 m
00007.68 = 4.8 miles
7.7 km
6 Carbon Peak NGS PB 3684.300 = 12,088 feet
3684 m
0664.159 = 2,179 feet
664 m
00006.31 = 3.9 miles
6.3 km
7 Mount Guero NGS PB 3675.400 = 12,058 feet
3675 m
0741.274 = 2,432 feet
741 m
00010.27 = 6.4 miles
10.3 km
8 Marcellina Mountain[1] PB 3460.528 = 11,353 feet
3461 m
0831.494 = 2,728 feet
831 m
00008.18 = 5.1 miles
8.2 km

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ The elevation of this summit has been converted from the National Geodetic Vertical Datum of 1929 (NGVD 29) to the North American Vertical Datum of 1988 (NAVD 88). National Geodetic Survey

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Coordinates: 38°43′13″N 107°11′56″W / 38.72028°N 107.19889°W / 38.72028; -107.19889