Electric Peak

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Electric Peak
Electric Peak
Highest point
Elevation 10,969 ft (3,343 m) [1]
Prominence 3,389 ft (1,033 m) [1]
Coordinates 45°00′19″N 110°50′15″W / 45.00528°N 110.83750°W / 45.00528; -110.83750Coordinates: 45°00′19″N 110°50′15″W / 45.00528°N 110.83750°W / 45.00528; -110.83750[2]
Parent range Gallatin Range
Topo map USGS Electric Peak
First ascent 1872 in Henry Gannett and party
Easiest route Hike

Electric Peak is the tallest mountain in the Gallatin Range of southern Montana, close to the Wyoming border and rises to an altitude of 10,969 feet (3,343 m). The peak has some of the greatest physical relief in Yellowstone National Park, rising 3,389 ft (1,033 m) above its base.

Electric Peak was named during the first ascent in 1872 by the United States Geological Survey. Members of the Hayden Survey led by Henry Gannett[3] experienced electrical discharges from their hands and hair after a lightning event on the summit.[4][5]

Images of Electric Peak
Electric Peak, ca 1890 
Electric Peak, westside, 1967 
Electric peak and Rescue Creek, 2012

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Electric Peak, Montana". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2007-03-18. 
  2. ^ "Electric Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2009-02-15. 
  3. ^ Jerry Penry (October 27, 2007). "The Father of Government Mapmaking: Henry Gannett". The American Surveyor. Retrieved 2007-10-28. 
  4. ^ "Electric Peak". SummitPost.org. Retrieved 2007-03-18. 
  5. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 116. 

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