Ranger Peak (Wyoming)

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Ranger Peak
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Ranger Peak is the snow covered mountain at right while Eagles Rest Peak is at left. Waterfalls Canyon lies between the two mountains.
Highest point
Elevation 11,360 ft (3,460 m) [1]
Prominence 1,595 ft (486 m) [1]
Coordinates 43°55′43″N110°45′49″W / 43.92861°N 110.76361°W / 43.92861; -110.76361 Coordinates: 43°55′43″N110°45′49″W / 43.92861°N 110.76361°W / 43.92861; -110.76361 [2]
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Ranger Peak
Location in Wyoming
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Ranger Peak
Location in the United States
Location Grand Teton National Park, Teton County, Wyoming, U.S.
Parent range Teton Range
Topo map USGS Ranger Peak

Ranger Peak (11,360 feet (3,460 m)) is in the northern Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming. [3] The peak is located slightly northwest of and across Jackson Lake from Colter Bay Village. Colter Canyon is to the north while Waterfalls Canyon is immediately southeast of the peak, but there are no maintained trails in the area. Access to the summit involves off trail hiking and scrambling. The top of the mountain is more than 4,500 feet (1,400 m) above Jackson Lake.

Teton Range mountain range of the Rocky Mountains in North America

The Teton Range is a mountain range of the Rocky Mountains in North America. It extends for approximately 40 miles (64 km) in a north–south direction through the U.S. state of Wyoming, east of the Idaho state line. It is south of Yellowstone National Park and most of the east side of the range is within Grand Teton National Park.

Grand Teton National Park United States National Park in northwestern Wyoming

Grand Teton National Park is an American national park in northwestern Wyoming. At approximately 310,000 acres, the park includes the major peaks of the 40-mile-long (64 km) Teton Range as well as most of the northern sections of the valley known as Jackson Hole. Grand Teton National Park is only 10 miles (16 km) south of Yellowstone National Park, to which it is connected by the National Park Service-managed John D. Rockefeller, Jr. Memorial Parkway. Along with surrounding national forests, these three protected areas constitute the almost 18,000,000-acre (7,300,000 ha) Greater Yellowstone Ecosystem, one of the world's largest intact mid-latitude temperate ecosystems.

Wyoming State of the United States of America

Wyoming is a state in the mountain region of the western United States. The state is the 10th largest by area, the least populous, and the second most sparsely populated state in the country. Wyoming is bordered on the north by Montana, on the east by South Dakota and Nebraska, on the south by Colorado, on the southwest by Utah, and on the west by Idaho and Montana. The state population was estimated at 577,737 in 2018, which is less than 31 of the most populous U.S. cities including Denver in neighboring Colorado. Cheyenne is the state capital and the most populous city, with an estimated population of 63,624 in 2017.

On March 7, 2012, Chris Onufer and Steve Romeo, both local residents and considered expert skiers, were killed by an avalanche on Ranger Peak. The avalanche originated in a couloir on the north side of Waterfalls Canyon at the 10,300 ft (3,100 m) level and travelled more than 3,000 ft (910 m) down the mountain slope into the canyon. [4]

Steve Romeo, Jr. was an American ski mountaineer living in Jackson, Wyoming. Romeo was a prominent figure in the backcountry ski community of Jackson Hole, Wyo. He founded and ran the popular ski blog "Tetonat.com" which covered backcountry skiing throughout the Tetons as well as extensive gear reviews. Romeo was killed on March 7, 2012 in a large slab avalanche on Ranger Peak in the northern part of the Teton Range of Wyoming. Some criticized Romeo's skiing as being somewhat reckless, yet most of the ski community saw Romeo as a preeminent American ski mountaineer who constantly pushed the boundaries of skiing in the Tetons. Others saw him as another self-promoting eastern transplant. Together with Cary Smith, Pete Swenson and Chris Kroger, he finished ninth in the relay event of the 2006 World Championship of Ski Mountaineering. He was also known as "Randosteve", "Randomeo", "Randobewan Skinobee", "Skeve", "Ex-Steve", "Stevester", and "Stelvester Stallone".

Waterfalls Canyon

Waterfalls Canyon is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U. S. state of Wyoming. The canyon was formed by glaciers which retreated at the end of the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago, leaving behind a U-shaped valley. Waterfalls Canyon is south of Ranger Peak and north of Eagles Rest Peak and the entrance to the canyon is along the western shore of Jackson Lake, directly across the lake from the Colter Bay Village. There are several cascades in the canyon, including Wilderness Falls and Columbine Cascade, which descend from an unnamed lake below Ranger Peak.

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Colter Canyon

Colter Canyon is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U. S. state of Wyoming. The canyon was formed by glaciers which retreated at the end of the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago, leaving behind a U-shaped valley. Colter Canyon is north of Ranger Peak and the entrance to the canyon is along the northwestern shore of Jackson Lake.

Snowshoe Canyon

Snowshoe Canyon is located in Grand Teton National Park, in the U. S. state of Wyoming. The canyon was formed by glaciers which retreated at the end of the last glacial maximum approximately 15,000 years ago, leaving behind a U-shaped valley. Snowshoe Canyon splits into an upper and lower canyon. The source of the upper canyon is near Talus Lake while the south canyon is situated between Rolling Thunder Mountain to the north and Raynolds, Traverse and Bivouac Peaks to the south. Near the fork of north and south Snowshoe Canyon lies Dudley lake. The canyon terminus is at Moran Bay on the southwest side of Jackson Lake, below Eagles Rest Peak.

Wilderness Falls (Teton County, Wyoming)

Wilderness Falls is located in Waterfalls Canyon, Grand Teton National Park in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The cascade drops approximately 250 feet (76 m) in Waterfalls Canyon, fed by unnamed intermittent stream off a glacial lake. The waterfall also receives snowmelt from Ranger Peak to the north and Doane Peak to the southwest. Less than .5 miles (0.80 km) downstream, the same unnamed creek flows over another steep section known as Columbine Cascade The peak time for waterflow is during spring snowmelt and the falls are visible across Jackson Lake from the Colter Bay Village area.

Columbine Cascade (Teton County, Wyoming)

Columbine Cascade is a waterfall in Waterfalls Canyon, a part of the Grand Teton National Park in the U.S. state of Wyoming. The cascade drops approximately 250 feet (76 m) in Hanging Canyon, fed by an unnamed intermittent stream off a glacial lake. The waterfall also receives snowmelt from Ranger Peak to the north Doane Peak to the southwest and Eagles Rest Peak to the south. Less than .5 miles (0.80 km) upstream, the same unnamed creek flows over another steep section known as Wilderness Falls The peak time for waterflow is during spring snowmelt and the falls are visible across Jackson Lake from the Colter Bay Village area.

Owl Peak mountain in United States of America

Owl Peak is in the northern Teton Range, Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming and is just east of Elk Mountain. The peak is located west of and across Jackson Lake from Lizard Creek Campground. Access to the peak is easiest by boat to the Berry Creek Trailhead at Wilcox Point then heading west at the Owl Creek Trail. After a 2 miles (3.2 km) hike along Berry Creek and Owl Creek trails, off trail access to the summit can be achieved after a steep ascent of an additional 2 miles (3.2 km). North of the mountain, the Tetons blend into the Yellowstone Plateau while to the south lies Webb Canyon.

References

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