Handies Peak

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Handies Peak
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The peak in 2018.
Highest point
Elevation 14,058 ft (4284.8 m) [1] NAVD88
Prominence 1908 ft (582 m) [2]
Isolation 11.18 mi (18.00 km) [2]
Listing
Coordinates 37°54′47″N107°30′16″W / 37.9129769°N 107.5044042°W / 37.9129769; -107.5044042 Coordinates: 37°54′47″N107°30′16″W / 37.9129769°N 107.5044042°W / 37.9129769; -107.5044042 [1]
Geography
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Handies Peak
Location Hinsdale County, Colorado, U.S. [3]
Parent range San Juan Mountains [2]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Handies Peak, Colorado [1]
Climbing
First ascent 1874 Franklin Rhoda
Easiest route hike

Handies Peak is a high and prominent mountain summit of the San Juan Mountains range in the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 14,058-foot (4284.8 m) fourteener is located in the Bureau of Land Management Handies Peak Wilderness Study Area, 13.4 miles (21.5 km) southwest by west (bearing 232°) of the Town of Lake City in Hinsdale County, Colorado, United States. [2] [3] [4]

Elevation Height of a geographic location above a fixed reference point

The elevation of a geographic location is its height above or below a fixed reference point, most commonly a reference geoid, a mathematical model of the Earth's sea level as an equipotential gravitational surface . The term elevation is mainly used when referring to points on the Earth's surface, while altitude or geopotential height is used for points above the surface, such as an aircraft in flight or a spacecraft in orbit, and depth is used for points below the surface.

In topography, prominence measures the height of a mountain or hill's summit relative to the lowest contour line encircling it but containing no higher summit within it. It is a measure of the independence of a summit. A peak's key col is a unique point on this contour line and the parent peak is some higher mountain, selected according to various objective criteria.

Mountain A large landform that rises fairly steeply above the surrounding land over a limited area

A mountain is a large landform that rises above the surrounding land in a limited area, usually in the form of a peak. A mountain is generally steeper than a hill. Mountains are formed through tectonic forces or volcanism. These forces can locally raise the surface of the earth. Mountains erode slowly through the action of rivers, weather conditions, and glaciers. A few mountains are isolated summits, but most occur in huge mountain ranges.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 "HANDIES". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey . Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  2. 1 2 3 4 "Handies Peak, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved January 6, 2016.
  3. 1 2 "Handies Peak". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved October 29, 2014.
  4. "Handies Peak". Bureau of Land Management. 2013-02-27. Retrieved 30 May 2013.