Mount Gunnison

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Mount Gunnison
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Mount Gunnison
Highest point
Elevation 12,725 ft (3,879 m) [1] [2]
Prominence 3,539 ft (1,079 m) [3]
Isolation 11.84 mi (19.05 km) [3]
Listing Colorado prominent summits
Coordinates 38°48′43″N107°22′58″W / 38.8120794°N 107.3826423°W / 38.8120794; -107.3826423 Coordinates: 38°48′43″N107°22′58″W / 38.8120794°N 107.3826423°W / 38.8120794; -107.3826423 [1]
Naming
Etymology John Williams Gunnison
Geography
Location Gunnison County, Colorado, U.S. [4]
Parent range West Elk Mountains [3]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Minnesota Pass, Colorado [1]

Mount Gunnison is a prominent mountain summit in the West Elk Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 12,725-foot (3,879 m) peak is located in the West Elk Wilderness of Gunnison National Forest, 22.2 miles (35.7 km) west by south (bearing 260°) of the Town of Crested Butte in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. [1] [2] [3] [4] The mountain is named in honor of John Williams Gunnison who explored the area.

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References

  1. 1 2 3 4 "GUNNISON D". NGS data sheet. U.S. National Geodetic Survey . Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  2. 1 2 The elevation of Mount Gunnison includes an adjustment of +1.773 m (+5.82 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  3. 1 2 3 4 "Mount Gunnison, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved October 20, 2014.
  4. 1 2 "Mount Gunnison". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved October 29, 2014.