Monte Cristo Peak

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Monte Cristo Peak
Columbia Monte Cristo Kyes.jpg
Monte Cristo Peak with Kyes Peak to the right from Blanca Lake
Highest point
Elevation 7,136 ft (2,175 m)  NGVD 29[1]
Prominence 576 ft (176 m) [1]
Parent peak Kyes Peak[1]
Coordinates 47°58′17″N 121°20′28″W / 47.9714964°N 121.3412177°W / 47.9714964; -121.3412177Coordinates: 47°58′17″N 121°20′28″W / 47.9714964°N 121.3412177°W / 47.9714964; -121.3412177[2]
Monte Cristo Peak is located in Washington (state)
Monte Cristo Peak
Monte Cristo Peak
Parent range Cascade Range
Topo map USGS Blanca Lake
First ascent 1923 by James M. Keyes and W. Zerum[3]

Monte Cristo Peak is a mountain peak in the Henry M. Jackson Wilderness in Washington state. Together with Columbia Peak and Kyes Peak it forms a basin that contains Columbia Glacier and Blanca Lake.[4] The 1918 edition of The Mountaineer called the mountain "a huge pile of red rock."[3]

Monte Cristo is named for the mining boom town of Monte Cristo,[3] which dates from the late 19th and early 20th centuries and which is situated on the mountain's northwestern flank. The town was owned by J. D. Rockefeller for a few years. A railroad and cable tramway was built to move materials.


  1. ^ a b c "Monte Cristo Peak, Washington". Retrieved 2015-04-10. 
  2. ^ "Monte Cristo Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2015-04-10. 
  3. ^ a b c Beckey, Fred W. (2003). Cascade Alpine Guide: climbing and high routes, Vol. 2, Stevens Pass to Rainy Pass (3rd ed.). Mountaineers Books. p. 79. ISBN 978-0-89886-838-8. 
  4. ^ "Area around Monte Cristo Peak" (map). Acme Mapper. Retrieved 2015-04-10. 

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