The Brothers (Olympic Mountains)

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The Brothers
The Brothers from Hood Canal.jpg
East face in winter
Highest point
Elevation 6,842 ft (2,085 m)  NGVD 29[1]
Prominence 2,682 ft (817 m) [1]
Coordinates 47°39′14″N 123°08′27″W / 47.653766281°N 123.140952622°W / 47.653766281; -123.140952622Coordinates: 47°39′14″N 123°08′27″W / 47.653766281°N 123.140952622°W / 47.653766281; -123.140952622[2]
Location Jefferson County, Washington U.S.
Parent range Olympic Mountains
Topo map USGS The Brothers
The Brothers seen from West Seattle

The Brothers are a pair of prominent peaks in the Olympic Mountains which are located near the Hood Canal in Washington state on the boundary between Olympic National Park and The Brothers Wilderness.

The south peak, rising to 6,842 feet (2,085 m), is 192 feet (59 m) higher than the north peak.[1] No official trails approach the summit, but the south peak is considered a non-technical climb. The Brothers' distinctive double summit is clearly recognizable from Seattle.

In 1856, surveyor George Davidson named these mountains in honor of two brothers of Ellinor Fauntleroy, his future wife. He called the southern peak Mount Edward and northern peak Mount Arthur.[3][4] A suggestion in late 1968 to rename the mountains "The Brothers Kennedy" in honor of John F. Kennedy and Robert F. Kennedy was not approved by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names.[5]


  1. ^ a b c "The Brothers, Washington". 
  2. ^ "The Brothers". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. 
  3. ^ Olympic Mountain Rescue (1972–2006). Olympic Mountains: A Climbing Guide (4th ed.). Seattle, WA: The Mountaineers Books. p. 366. ISBN 0-89886-206-X. 
  4. ^ "The story of three Olympic peaks". Washington Historical Quarterly. 4 (3): 182–86. Retrieved 2011-01-05. 
  5. ^ Kilmartin, J. O. (January 30, 1969). "Geographic name proposal" (Letter). Letter to Henry M. Jackson. Retrieved 2018-07-04. 

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