Granite Peak (Montana)

Granite Peak, at an elevation of 12,807 feet (3,904 m) above sea level,[1] is the highest natural point in the U.S. state of Montana, and the tenth-highest state high point in the nation.[3] It lies within the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness in Park County, very near the borders of Stillwater County and Carbon County. Granite Peak is 10 miles (16 km) north of the Wyoming border and 45 miles (72 km) southwest of Columbus, Montana.

Granite Peak
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Highest point
Elevation12,807 ft (3,904 m)  NAVD 88[1]
Prominence4,759 ft (1,451 m) [2]
ListingU.S. state high point 10th
Coordinates45°09′48″N 109°48′27″W / 45.163426647°N 109.807456247°W / 45.163426647; -109.807456247Coordinates: 45°09′48″N 109°48′27″W / 45.163426647°N 109.807456247°W / 45.163426647; -109.807456247[1]
Parent rangeBeartooth Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Granite Peak
First ascent1923 by Elers Koch
Easiest routeSouthwest Couloir (class 3 scramble)

Granite Peak is often considered the second most difficult state high point to climb after Denali in Alaska, due to technical climbing, poor weather, and route finding.[4][5] Granite Peak's first ascent was made by Elers Koch, James C. Whitham, and R.T. Ferguson on August 29, 1923, after several failed attempts by others. It was the last of the state high points to be climbed.[5] Today, climbers typically spend two or three days ascending the peak, stopping over on the Froze-to-Death Plateau, although some climbers choose to ascend the peak in a single day. Another route that has gained popularity in recent years is the Southwest Couloir route, a non-technical route from the south starting near Cooke City; climbers generally take two days to complete it.

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  1. ^ a b c "Granite Peak". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey.
  2. ^ "Granite Peak, Montana". Retrieved 2008-12-13.
  3. ^ "Elevations and Distances in the United States". United States Geological Survey. April 29, 2005. Retrieved 2020-08-04.
  4. ^ "Granite Peak, Montana". Retrieved 2012-11-10. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ a b Winger, Charlie; Winger, Diane (2002). Highpoint Adventures: The Complete Guide to the 50 State Highpoints. Colorado Mountain Club Press. pp. 140–141.

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