James Peak Wilderness

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James Peak Wilderness
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James Peak in the James Peak Wilderness
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Location Gilpin / Clear Creek counties, Colorado, USA
Nearest city Black Hawk, CO
Coordinates 39°51′08″N105°41′24″W / 39.85222°N 105.69000°W / 39.85222; -105.69000 Coordinates: 39°51′08″N105°41′24″W / 39.85222°N 105.69000°W / 39.85222; -105.69000
Area17,015 acres (68.86 km2)
Established2002
Governing body U.S. Forest Service

The James Peak Wilderness is a U.S. Wilderness Area in north central Colorado in the Arapaho and Roosevelt national forests. The wilderness area borders Indian Peaks Wilderness to the north and the James Peak Protection Area to the west. [1]

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Geography

The wilderness area encompasses 17,015 acres (69 km2) immediately east of the Continental Divide in Gilpin County and Clear Creek County. The wilderness is named after its second tallest mountain, 13,294-foot (4,052 m) James Peak. Within its boundaries are 30 miles (48 km) of trails. Parry Peak is the highest peak in the James Peak Wilderness, at 13,391 feet (4,082 m). [2]

History

The wilderness was established by H.R.1576 in the 107th Congress (2001). James Peak was named after Edwin James, pioneer and botanist. Originally Pikes Peak was named James Peak prior to Pike's exploration journey. After the renaming to Pikes Peak, the current James Peak was named. [3]

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References

  1. "James Peak Wilderness". U.S. Forest Service. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  2. "James Peak Wilderness". Wilderness.net. Retrieved August 11, 2012.
  3. "James Peak Wilderness Area". Colorado Wilderness. Retrieved August 11, 2012.