Wellsville Mountains

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Wellsville Mountains
The Wellsville Mountains as seen from an airplane.
The Wellsville Mountains as seen from the air in mid-September. Box Elder peak and the Wellsville cone are both visible, September 2009.
Highest point
Peak Box Elder Peak[1]
Elevation 9,372 ft (2,857 m)
Coordinates 41°38′08″N 112°00′52″W / 41.635624°N 112.014561°W / 41.635624; -112.014561Coordinates: 41°38′08″N 112°00′52″W / 41.635624°N 112.014561°W / 41.635624; -112.014561
Dimensions
Length 28 mi (45 km) N/S
Width 17 mi (27 km) E/W
Area 307 sq mi (800 km2)
Naming
Etymology Nearby City of Wellsville
Geography
A map of Utah showing the location of the Wellsville Mountains
A map of Utah showing the location of the Wellsville Mountains
Wellsville Mountains
Wellsville Mountains
A map of Utah showing the location of the Wellsville Mountains
A map of Utah showing the location of the Wellsville Mountains
Wellsville Mountains
Wellsville Mountains (the US)
Country United States
State Utah

The Wellsville Mountains are located in northern Utah, United States[2] and are often considered part of the Wasatch Mountains.

Description[edit]

North Wellsville Mountains from west, at Elwood, Utah with Mendon Peak, June 2008

The mountains separate Cache Valley from the Wasatch Front (Bear River Valley), as well as form a portion of the border between Box Elder and Cache counties. Nearly all of the water collected by the Wellsville Mountains drains into the Bear River.[3]

While only moderately tall, they are particularly narrow. For this reason, it is often claimed they are one of the steepest mountain ranges in North America.[4][5][6] Box Elder (9,372 feet [2,857 m]) and the Wellsville Cone (9,356 feet [2,852 m]) are its two highest peaks. US-89/US-91 traverses Box Elder Canyon, Dry Canyon, and Wellsville Canyon, beginning east of Brigham City as a four-lane highway, curving north then northeast and entering Cache Valley at Wellsville.

The mountains were named for the nearby City of Wellsville.[7]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Box Elder Peak". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 15 Jan 2013. 
  2. ^ "Wellsville Mountains". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. 
  3. ^ "Wellsville Mountains". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved January 13, 2013. 
  4. ^ [1] Wilderness.net, Retrieved 21 Aug 2007
  5. ^ Bear River Association of Governments, Retrieved 12 Aug 2007
  6. ^ [2] Publiclands.org, Retrieved 12 Aug 2007
  7. ^ Van Cott, John W. (1990). Utah Place Names: A Comprehensive Guide to the Origins of Geographic Names: A Compilation. Salt Lake City: University of Utah Press. p. 393. ISBN 978-0-87480-345-7. OCLC 797284427. Retrieved 16 Mar 2018. 

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