Mount Washburn

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Mount Washburn
Summit from the south

Summit from the south

height 3122  m
location Wyoming ( USA )
Mountains Rocky mountains
Coordinates 44 ° 48 '0 "  N , 110 ° 25' 48"  W Coordinates: 44 ° 48 '0 "  N , 110 ° 25' 48"  W.
Mount Washburn, Wyoming
Mount Washburn

The Mount Washburn is a 3122  m high mountain in the Yellowstone National Park .


Mount Washburn is about 10 km north of Canyon Village and 20 km south of Tower-Roosevelt, east over Dunraven Pass. Its summit can be reached from different directions via several hiking trails.


At 3,122  m , it is the seventh highest mountain in the Gallatin Range . The summit is on the edge of the Yellowstone Caldera . Mount Washburn is therefore a remnant of the former Absaroka volcano and was formed around 50 million years ago.


The mountain was first described by the Washburn-Langford-Doane Expedition in 1870 . It was named after Henry Dana Washburn , the leader of this first systematic expedition to the Yellowstone area. Due to its exposed location, it soon developed into a popular excursion destination after the national park was founded. A building that serves as a forest fire observation post has also been erected on its summit. During the New Deal , the current building was built in 1939-40 as part of the Civilian Conservation Corps . On the ground floor there is now a small visitor center with information about the geology and ecology of the area, above which there is a publicly accessible viewing platform. The upper floors are still a fire observation post manned around the clock during the forest fire season.

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Individual evidence

  1. / hiking: [1]
  2. Gallatin Range
  3. / geology: [2]
  4. Hiram Martin Chittenden : The Yellowstone Park-Historical and Descriptive . Stewart and Kidd Company Publishers, Cincinnati, OH 1918, p. 65.
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