Stuart Range

The Stuart Range is a mountain range in central Washington, United States. The range lies within the eastern extent of the Cascade Range immediately southwest of Leavenworth and runs east-west. The western peaks make up a single sharp ridge. The eastern half of the range splits into two parallel ridges, the northern of which is known as the Enchantment Peaks. Between these ridges lies the Enchantment Basin, which holds the dozens of tarns known as the Enchantment Lakes.[1] Collectively, the basin and the encircling eastern peaks of the Stuart Range make up The Enchantments, a well-known backpacking destination.[2] The south face of the Stuart Range falls off steeply to Ingalls Creek, beyond which rise the roughly parallel Wenatchee Mountains.[3]

Stuart Range from Cashmere Peak in the Wenatchee Mountains
Argonaut Peak, left center; Colchuck Peak, center; Dragontail Peak, right center; from the southwest

Partial list of peaksEdit

A list of notable peaks[1][4] is below. Within each subsection, peaks are ordered as nearly as possible from west to east.

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Western peaksEdit

Eastern peaks of south ridgeEdit

Enchantment Peaks (eastern peaks of north ridge)Edit

Enchantment Peaks

GeologyEdit

The Mount Stuart batholith underlies the Stuart Range and the nearby Wenatchee Mountains. The batholith is about 13 by 16 miles in extent. Two plutonic masses are separated by a thin screen of Chiwaukum Schist and rocks of the Ingalls Complex. The more-eastern pluton is 93 million years old, while the more-western rock mass is between 83 and 86 million years old. Exposed rock tends to be quartz diorite and granodiorite.[20]

The range sits near a convergent plate boundary where one plate overrides another. In Western Washington, the North American plate overrides the Juan de Fuca plate, resulting in both volcanic and seismic activity. This convergence has been ongoing for over 200 million years. Continuing uplift and erosion has exposed the underlying granite batholith, making for one of the more spectacular mountain ranges in Washington.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b The Enchantments, WA - No 209S (Map) (1997 ed.). 1:44500. Special Series. Green Trails, Inc. UPC 735781020991. Archived from the original on 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  2. ^ "Enchantment Permit Areas Zone Map" (JPG). US Forest Service. 2009. Retrieved 2009-10-05. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  3. ^ Mount Stuart, WA - No 209 (Map) (1997 ed.). 1:69500. 15 Minute Series. Green Trails, Inc. UPC 73578101209. Archived from the original on 2010-09-24. Retrieved 2009-10-06.
  4. ^ Beckey, Fred (1979). Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes: Columbia River to Stevens Pass. Seattle, WA, USA: The Mountaineers. ISBN 0-916890-32-5. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ "Mount Stuart". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-06-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  6. ^ "Sherpa Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-06-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  7. ^ "Argonaut Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-06-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  8. ^ "Colchuck Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-06-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  9. ^ "Dragontail Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-06-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  10. ^ "Witches Tower, Washington". PeakBagger.com. Retrieved 2018-06-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  11. ^ "Little Annapurna". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-06-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  12. ^ "McClellan Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-06-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  13. ^ "Rocket Peak, Washington". PeakBagger.com. Retrieved 2018-06-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  14. ^ "Gremlin Peak, Washington". PeakBagger.com. Retrieved 2018-06-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  15. ^ "Colchuck Balanced Rock, Washington". PeakBagger.com. Retrieved 2018-06-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  16. ^ "Cannon Mountain". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-06-14. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  17. ^ "Enchantment Peak, Washington". PeakBagger.com. Retrieved 2018-06-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  18. ^ "Prusik Peak". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-06-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  19. ^ "The Temple". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved 2018-06-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  20. ^ Beckey, Fred (2003). Cascade Alpine Guide: Climbing and High Routes - 1: Columbia River to Stevens Pass. Seattle, WA, USA: The Mountaineers Books. p. 236. ISBN 978-0-89886-577-6. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

Coordinates: 47°31′00″N 120°46′00″W / 47.516667°N 120.766667°W / 47.516667; -120.766667[1]

  1. ^ "Stuart Range". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 2018-06-15. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)