Mount Owen (Wyoming)

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Mount Owen
Mt Owen Grand Teton GTNP1.jpg
The summit region of Mount Owen
Highest point
Elevation12,933 ft (3,942 m) [1]
Prominence688 ft (210 m) [1]
Coordinates43°44′49″N 110°47′51″W / 43.74694°N 110.79750°W / 43.74694; -110.79750Coordinates: 43°44′49″N 110°47′51″W / 43.74694°N 110.79750°W / 43.74694; -110.79750[2]
LocationGrand Teton National Park, Teton County, Wyoming, U.S.
Parent rangeTeton Range
Topo mapUSGS Grand Teton
First ascent1930 Fryxell and others
Easiest routeScramble class 5.1

Mount Owen (12,933 feet (3,942 m)) is the second highest peak in the Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park in the U.S. state of Wyoming.[3] The peak is named after William O. Owen, who organized the first documented ascent of the Grand Teton in 1898.[4] Mount Owen is part of the Cathedral Group of high Teton peaks, a collection of peaks in the central section of the range that are particularly rugged. The 40-mile (64 km) long Teton Range is the youngest mountain chain in the Rocky Mountains, and began its uplift 9 million years ago, during the Miocene.[5] Several periods of glaciation have carved Mount Owen and the other peaks of the range into their current shapes.[4] Valhalla Canyon is situated on the west slopes of Mount Owen.


After two failed attempts in 1927 and one in 1928, Mount Owen was first climbed in 1930, and was one of the last of the major Teton peaks to be climbed.[4] Numerous routes have been explored, ranging in difficulty from Class 5.1 to 5.10[6]

Grand Teton at center and Mount Owen at right as seen from Jackson Hole

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Mount Owen, Wyoming". Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  2. ^ "Mount Owen". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  3. ^ Grand Teton, WY (Map). TopoQwest (United States Geological Survey Maps). Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  4. ^ a b c Jackson, Reynold G. (2004). "Park of the Matterhorns". Grand Teton Historic Resource Study. National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  5. ^ "Mountain Uplift". Creation of the Teton landscape: Geologic story of Grand Teton National Park. National Park Service. Retrieved 2010-11-21.
  6. ^ "Mount Owen". Retrieved 2010-11-21.