Fremont Peak (Wyoming)
Fremont Peak at center from near Island Lake
|Elevation||13,751 ft (4,191 m) |
|Prominence||1,184 ft (361 m) |
|Parent range||Wind River Range|
|Topo map||USGS Fremont Peak South|
|First ascent||1842 Fremont and others|
- For other peaks named Fremont Peak, see Fremont Peak
Fremont Peak is the third highest peak in Wyoming and straddles the boundary between Fremont and Sublette counties. It is named for American explorer John C. Fremont who climbed the peak with Charles Preuss and Johnny Janisse from August 13 to August 15, 1842. Kit Carson had been with the climbing party on its first attempt at the peak, but had gone back for supplies the day Fremont and his men reached the summit. Carson is thought by some to have been the first to climb neighboring Jackson Peak. At that time, Fremont Peak was mistakenly thought to be the highest mountain in the Rocky Mountains, although there are actually over 100 higher peaks in the range.
The peak is located on the Continental Divide and is the second highest peak in the remote Wind River Range after Gannett Peak. The east flank of the peak is in the Fitzpatrick Wilderness of Shoshone National Forest, while the west side is in the Bridger Wilderness of Bridger-Teton National Forest. The Upper Fremont Glacier is located on the north slopes of the mountain.
Due to the remote location and difficult ascent, most mountain climbers spend a total of three to five days hiking up to the mountain, climbing to the summit and then later hiking back to their starting point.
- "Fremont Peak, Wyoming". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
- "Fremont Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved May 23, 2013.
- Fremont Peak South, WY (Map). TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Retrieved May 23, 2013.
- Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 132.