Chopaka Mountain

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Chopaka Mountain
View from top of Chopaka Mountain
Highest point
Elevation 7,887 ft (2,404 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence 1,811 ft (552 m) [2]
Coordinates 48°57′27″N 119°47′05″W / 48.957410564°N 119.784809139°W / 48.957410564; -119.784809139Coordinates: 48°57′27″N 119°47′05″W / 48.957410564°N 119.784809139°W / 48.957410564; -119.784809139[1]
Location Okanogan County, Washington, United States
Parent range Okanagan Range, North Cascades
Topo map USGS Hurley Peak

Chopaka Mountain, also known as Mount Chopaka, is a summit in the leeward flank of the North Cascades. Its summit area is a Natural Area Preserve comprising 2,764 acres (1,119 ha), and features a mountain goat population and various rare plants. The last surviving native herd of bighorn sheep in Washington was located on Chopaka Mountain until hunted out in the 1920s.[3]

Name origin[edit]

According to the British Columbia Geographical Names Information System, in their record on nearby Chopaka, British Columbia, Chopaka was either an Okanagan hunter turned to stone by "coyote", or a maiden transformed into stone.[4] Another meaning is given by regional climbing guide author Fred Beckey who states that Chopaka is an Indian word meaning "high mountain".[5]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Chopaka". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  2. ^ "Chopaka Mountain, Washington". Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Chopaka Mountain NAP". Washington State Department of Natural Resources. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ 12th Report of the Okanagan Historical Society, 1948, citing A. Walsh and Parham, cited in "Chopaka (locality)". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  5. ^ Beckey, Fred W. (2008). Cascade Alpine Guide, Vol. 3, Rainy Pass to Fraser River (3rd ed.). Mountaineers Books. p. 228. ISBN 1-59485-136-0. 

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