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Gannett Peak
Gannett Peak.jpg
Highest point
Elevation 13,810 ft (4,210 m)  [2] [3]
Prominence 7,076 ft (2,157 m)  [2]
Isolation 290 mi (470 km)  [2]
Parent peak Longs Peak [1]
Coordinates 43°11′03″N 109°39′15″W / 43.184202022°N 109.654233614°W / 43.184202022; -109.654233614
GANNETT PEAK Latitude and Longitude:

43°11′03″N 109°39′15″W / 43.184202022°N 109.654233614°W / 43.184202022; -109.654233614
Gannett Peak is located in Wyoming
Gannett Peak
Gannett Peak
Location Fremont and Sublette Counties, Wyoming, United States
Parent range Wind River Range
Topo map USGS Gannett Peak
First ascent 1922 by A. Tate and F. Stahlnaker
Easiest route rock/ice climb

Gannett Peak [4] is the highest mountain peak in the U.S. state of Wyoming at 13,810 feet (4,210 m) above sea level. It straddles the boundary between Fremont and Sublette counties along the Continental Divide in the Wind River Range. It is the highest ground for 290 miles.


Geographically, Gannett Peak is the apex of the entire Central Rockies, the largely continuous chain of mountains occupying the states of Wyoming, Idaho and Montana. Named in 1906 for American geographer Henry Gannett, [5] the peak is also the high point of the Wind River Range. The mountain slopes are located in both Bridger-Teton National Forest and Shoshone National Forest.

Gannett is the highest peak within what is better known as the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem and is the highest peak in the Rocky Mountains outside of Colorado. The 896-acre (3.63 km2) Gannett Glacier, which is likely the largest single glacier in the American portion of the Rocky Mountains, extends across the northern slopes of the mountain. Minor Glacier is situated in the western cirque of the peak while Dinwoody and Gooseneck Glaciers can be found on the southeast side of the mountain.

Gannett Glacier on the north side of Gannett Peak

Gannett Peak is in the heart of a remote and rugged wilderness, and climbing is usually attempted in a four- to six-day round-trip. It is often considered by mountaineers[ who?] to be one of the most difficult U.S. state high points to reach, after Denali and possibly Granite Peak.

In October 2010, a private plane crash in the vicinity of the mountain triggered an extensive search-and-rescue operation. [6] The plane was located in early November, with no survivors. [7]

See also


  1. ^ "Gannett Peak". Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  2. ^ a b c "Gannett Peak, Wyoming". Retrieved May 8, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "Gannett Peak Cairn". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey. Retrieved 2008-12-05.
  4. ^ U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Gannett Peak
  5. ^ Penry, Jerry (27 October 2007). "The Father of Government Mapmaking: Henry Gannett". American Surveyor. Retrieved 2008-09-28.
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  7. ^ Archived 13 October 2012 at the Wayback Machine.

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