Cathedral Peak (Wyoming)

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Cathedral Peak
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Highest point
Elevation 12,326 ft (3,757 m) [1]
Prominence 566 ft (173 m) [1]
Coordinates 42°49′31″N109°10′43″W / 42.82528°N 109.17861°W / 42.82528; -109.17861 Coordinates: 42°49′31″N109°10′43″W / 42.82528°N 109.17861°W / 42.82528; -109.17861 [2]
Geography
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Cathedral Peak
Location in Wyoming
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Cathedral Peak
Location in the United States
Location Fremont County, Wyoming, U.S.
Parent range Wind River Range
Topo map USGS Lizard Head Peak

Cathedral Peak is a (12,326-foot (3,757 m)) mountain located in the southern Wind River Range in the U.S. state of Wyoming. Cathedral Peak is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) southwest of Mount Chauvenet in the Popo Agie Wilderness of Shoshone National Forest. [3]

Hazards

Encountering bears is a concern in the Wind River Range. [4] There are other concerns as well, including bugs, wildfires, adverse snow conditions and nighttime cold temperatures. [5]

Importantly, there have been notable incidents, including accidental deaths, due to falls from steep cliffs (a misstep could be fatal in this class 4/5 terrain) and due to falling rocks, over the years, including 1993, [6] 2007 (involving an experienced NOLS leader), [7] 2015 [8] and 2018. [9] Other incidents include a seriously injured backpacker being airlifted near SquareTop Mountain [10] in 2005, [11] and a fatal hiker incident (from an apparent accidental fall) in 2006 that involved state search and rescue. [12] The U.S. Forest Service does not offer updated aggregated records on the official number of fatalities in the Wind River Range.

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East Temple Peak mountain in Wyoming, United States of America

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References

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