Horseshoe Mountain (Colorado)

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Horseshoe Mountain
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The mountain and its prominent cirque
Highest point
Elevation 13,905 ft (4,238 m) [1] [2]
Prominence 758 ft (231 m) [2]
Isolation 2.83 mi (4.55 km) [2]
Coordinates 39°11′09″N106°11′07″W / 39.1858243°N 106.1852987°W / 39.1858243; -106.1852987 Coordinates: 39°11′09″N106°11′07″W / 39.1858243°N 106.1852987°W / 39.1858243; -106.1852987 [3]
Geography
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Horseshoe Mountain
Location Lake and Park counties, Colorado, United States [3]
Parent range Mosquito Range [2]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Mount Sherman, Colorado [3]
Climbing
Easiest route hike

Horseshoe Mountain is a high mountain summit in the Mosquito Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 13,905-foot (4,238 m) thirteener is located 7.1 miles (11.5 km) southeast by east (bearing 126°) of the City of Leadville, Colorado, United States, on the drainage divide separating San Isabel National Forest and Lake County from Pike National Forest and Park County. [1] [2] [3]

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Cirque

The mountain has a unique and prominent cirque. The cirque is tilted and made up of Paleozoic sedimentary rocks that formed on the floors of ancient seas. It is rare to find sedimentary rocks this high up in Colorado's higher elevations, for most sedimentary stata in the high country were eroded away by glaciers during the ice age. In this case, the glaciers sculpted the strata into a horseshoe shape without eroding it completely. [4] [5]

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References

  1. 1 2 The elevation of Horseshoe Mountain includes an adjustment of +2.031 m (+6.66 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 "Horseshoe Mountain, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Horseshoe Mountain". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved November 10, 2014.
  4. Hopkins, Ralph Lee; Hopkins, Lindy Birkel (2000). Hiking Colorado's geology. Seattle, WA: Mountaineers. p. 113-116. ISBN   0898866693. LCCN   99050995.
  5. Williams, Felicie; Chronic, Halka (2014). Roadside geology of Colorado (3rd ed.). Missoula, Montana: Mountain Press Publishing Company. p. 195. ISBN   9780878426096. LCCN   2013025258.