Disappointment Peak (Wyoming)

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Disappointment Peak
Disappointment Peak GTNP1.jpg
Forested just below its summit, Disappointment Peak lies below Grand Teton and partially obscures Garnet Canyon in this image
Highest point
Elevation11,623 ft (3,543 m) [1]
Prominence418 ft (127 m) [1]
Coordinates43°44′01″N 110°47′35″W / 43.73361°N 110.79306°W / 43.73361; -110.79306Coordinates: 43°44′01″N 110°47′35″W / 43.73361°N 110.79306°W / 43.73361; -110.79306[2]
Disappointment Peak is located in Wyoming
Disappointment Peak
Disappointment Peak
Location in Wyoming
Disappointment Peak is located in the United States
Disappointment Peak
Disappointment Peak
Location in the United States
LocationGrand Teton National Park, Teton County, Wyoming, U.S.
Parent rangeTeton Range
Topo mapUSGS Grand Teton
First ascentPhil Smith and others 1925
Easiest routeTechnical class 4 to 5.12c

Disappointment Peak (11,623 feet (3,543 m)) is in the Teton Range of Wyoming, in Grand Teton National Park and immediately southeast of Grand Teton.[3] The peak is part of the Cathedral Group, a region of the Tetons noted for particularly rugged mountains. Disappointment Peak rises to the north of Garnet Canyon and to the west of Amphitheater and Surprise lakes. The peak has a variety of mountaineering routes, including the most difficult in the range.[4]

Disappointment Peak was given its name in 1925 when four Colorado climbers, led by Phil Smith (who was soon to become the first park ranger), set out to climb the Grand, but found an impasse on this peak where a 450 foot (140 m) drop is encountered to the saddle between the two summits. After a failed rappel attempt, they gave the peak this name. They were later satisfied to learn they had made a first ascent.[4]


  1. ^ a b "Disappointment Peak, Wyoming". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  2. ^ "Disappointment Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  3. ^ Grand Teton, WY (Map). TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  4. ^ a b "Disappointment Peak". SummitPost.org. Retrieved 2011-05-28.