Mount Anderson (Washington)

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Mount Anderson
Anderson Glacier, Olympic National Park.jpg
Mount Anderson above Anderson Glacier
Highest point
Elevation 7,330 ft (2,234 m) [1]
Prominence 721 ft (220 m) [2]
Coordinates 47°43′16″N 123°19′54″W / 47.721145103°N 123.331641881°W / 47.721145103; -123.331641881Coordinates: 47°43′16″N 123°19′54″W / 47.721145103°N 123.331641881°W / 47.721145103; -123.331641881[1]
Mount Anderson is located in Washington (state)
Mount Anderson
Mount Anderson
Parent range Olympic Mountains
Topo map USGS Mount Steel

Mount Anderson is a 7,330-foot-high (2,234 m) peak in the Olympic Mountains of Washington state. Rising in the center of Olympic National Park, it is the second highest peak on the Anderson Massif.[3] Anderson Glacier used to be located in a cirque on the mountain's southern flank while Eel Glacier is in another cirque, northwest of the summit. Hanging Glacier is on the east side of a ridge which extends north from the peak.

Anderson is at the center of three major watersheds in the Olympic Range.[4] Most of the water which falls on the massif flows into the Dosewallips River which drains, by way of the Hood Canal, into Puget Sound. The drainage from the west side flows down the Quinault River and into the Pacific, while some of the water on the mountain's northwest side flows into the Hayes River which finds its way north, to the Strait of Juan de Fuca.[5]

Mount Anderson was named by army Lieutenant Joseph O'Neil for his commanding officer, Thomas M. Anderson.[6] It was first climbed in 1920 by Fairman B. Lee and a party of 13.[7]


  1. ^ a b "Anderson USGS 1955". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  2. ^ "Mount Anderson, Washington". Retrieved 2008-11-28. 
  3. ^ "Anderson Massif". 
  4. ^ "Mount Anderson (East Peak)". 
  5. ^ Majors, Harry M. (1975). Exploring Washington. Van Winkle Publishing Co. p. 69. ISBN 978-0-918664-00-6. 
  6. ^ Evans, Gail H.E. (1983). "Chapter 1, Unknown no longer: Exploration". Historic resource study, Olympic National Park, Washington. National Park Service. 
  7. ^ Olympic Mountain Rescue. Olympic Mountains: A Climbing Guide. Mountaineers Books. p. 99. ISBN 978-0-89886-206-5. 

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