Mount Cannon

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Mount Cannon
Mount Cannon from Going to the Sun Road.jpg
Mount Cannon seen from Going-to-the-Sun Road
Highest point
Elevation8,956 ft (2,730 m) [1]  NAVD 88
Prominence1,792 ft (546 m) [1]
Coordinates48°41′33″N 113°46′27″W / 48.69250°N 113.77417°W / 48.69250; -113.77417Coordinates: 48°41′33″N 113°46′27″W / 48.69250°N 113.77417°W / 48.69250; -113.77417[2]
Mount Cannon is located in Montana
Mount Cannon
Mount Cannon
Location in Montana
Mount Cannon is located in the United States
Mount Cannon
Mount Cannon
Location in the United States
LocationFlathead County, Montana, U.S.
Parent rangeLewis Range
Topo mapUSGS Mount Cannon, MT
First ascent1923 Norman Clyde[1]

Mount Cannon (8,956 feet (2,730 m)) is located in the Lewis Range, Glacier National Park in the U.S. state of Montana.[3] Formerly called Goat Mountain it was renamed for the leading physiologist Dr. Walter Bradford Cannon and his wife Cornelia, who made the first recorded ascent of the mountain in 1901.[4]


Like other mountains in Glacier National Park, Cannon is composed of sedimentary rock laid down during the Precambrian to Jurassic periods. Formed in shallow seas, this sedimentary rock was initially uplifted beginning 170 million years ago when the Lewis Overthrust fault pushed an enormous slab of precambrian rocks 3 mi (4.8 km) thick, 50 miles (80 km) wide and 160 miles (260 km) long over younger rock of the cretaceous period.[5]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Cannon is located in a subarctic climate characterized by long, usually very cold winters, and short, cool to mild summers.[6] Temperatures can drop below −10° F with wind chill factors below −30° F.

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  1. ^ a b c "Mount Cannon, Montana". Retrieved 2010-08-14.
  2. ^ "Mount Cannon". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2010-08-14.
  3. ^ Mount Cannon, MT (Map). TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Retrieved June 4, 2018.
  4. ^ Fred Spicker, Moni (Jun 19, 2011). "Mount Cannon (MT)". SummitPost. Retrieved May 10, 2012.
  5. ^ Gadd, Ben (2008). "Geology of the Rocky Mountains and Columbias". Cite journal requires |journal= (help)
  6. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L. & McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11: 1633–1644. ISSN 1027-5606.