Mount Meeker

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Mount Meeker
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Mount Meeker seen from State Highway 7.
Highest point
Elevation 13,916 ft (4,242 m) [1] [2]
Prominence 451 ft (137 m) [2]
Parent peak Longs Peak [2]
Isolation 0.73 mi (1.17 km) [2]
Coordinates 40°14′55″N105°36′18″W / 40.2485958°N 105.6050027°W / 40.2485958; -105.6050027 Coordinates: 40°14′55″N105°36′18″W / 40.2485958°N 105.6050027°W / 40.2485958; -105.6050027 [3]
Geography
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Mount Meeker
Location Rocky Mountain National Park, Boulder County, Colorado, U.S. [3]
Parent range Front Range, Twin Peaks Massif [2]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Allenspark, Colorado [3]

Mount Meeker is a high mountain summit of the Twin Peaks Massif in the northern Front Range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 13,916-foot (4,242 m) thirteener is located in the Rocky Mountain National Park Wilderness, 4.8 miles (7.7 km) west by north (bearing 285°) of the community of Allenspark in Boulder County, Colorado, United States. [1] [2] [3]

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Mountain

Mount Meeker is the second highest summit in Rocky Mountain National Park after its neighbor Longs Peak, 0.7 miles (1.1 km) to the northwest. Due to its location southeast of Longs Peak, Mount Meeker is more visually prominent along much of the northern Front Range Urban Corridor. The peak is considered more difficult to climb, technically, than Longs Peak on certain routes.

Historical names

Neniis-otoyou’u, or nesótaieux, ("two guides") is what the Arapaho people called both Longs Peak and Mount Meeker. [4] [5]

Les Deux Oreilles ("two ears") is what a couple of French trappers called Longs Peak and Mount Meeker in 1799. [6] [7]

The name "Mount Meeker" was first suggested in 1873 when the Hayden Survey was performed. Present were William Byers, Anna Dickinson, and Ralph Meeker, the son of Nathan Meeker. [8] It was officially named this in 1911. [3]

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History of Rocky Mountain National Park began when Paleo-Indians traveled along what is now Trail Ridge Road to hunt and forage for food. Ute and Arapaho people subsequently hunted and camped in the area. In 1820, the Long Expedition, led by Stephen H. Long for whom Longs Peak was named, approached the Rockies via the Platte River. Settlers began arriving in the mid-1800s, displacing the Native Americans who mostly left the area voluntarily by 1860, while others were removed to reservations by 1878.

References

  1. 1 2 The elevation of Mount Meeker includes an adjustment of +1.659 m (+5.44 ft) from NGVD 29 to NAVD 88.
  2. 1 2 3 4 5 6 "Mount Meeker, Colorado". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  3. 1 2 3 4 5 "Mount Meeker". Geographic Names Information System . United States Geological Survey . Retrieved November 6, 2014.
  4. "Center for the Study of Indigenous Languages of the West". University of Colorado Boulder. University of Colorado Boulder. Retrieved 21 October 2020.
  5. "Longs Peak". Colorado Encyclopedia. Colorado Encyclopedia. Retrieved 21 October 2020. For generations, Longs Peak played a part in the seasonal migrations, hunting practices, and cosmology of Ute and Arapaho Indians. The Arapaho called Longs Peak and Mount Meeker the “Two Guides,” or nesótaieux, because of their physical prominence and role as landmarks for the entire region.
  6. MacDonald, Dougald (2004). Longs Peak: The Story of Colorado's Favorite Fourteener. Big Earth Publishing. p. 40. ISBN   978-1-56579-497-9.
  7. Evans, Joseph R. (2010). Death, Despair, and Second Chances in Rocky Mountain National Park. Johnson Books. p. 5. ISBN   978-1-55566-440-4.
  8. Evans, Joseph R. (2010). Death, Despair, and Second Chances in Rocky Mountain National Park. Johnson Books. p. 7. ISBN   978-1-55566-440-4.