West Beckwith Mountain

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West Beckwith Mountain
West Beckwith Peak
West Beckwith Mountain, West Elk Mountains, Gunnison County, Colorado, USA.jpg
West Beckwith Mountain viewed from the southeast.
Highest point
Elevation 12,185 ft (3,714 m) [1]
Prominence 1,465 ft (447 m) [1]
Isolation 1.8 mi (2.9 km) [1]
Coordinates 38°51′35″N107°16′27″W / 38.8597149°N 107.2742191°W / 38.8597149; -107.2742191 Coordinates: 38°51′35″N107°16′27″W / 38.8597149°N 107.2742191°W / 38.8597149; -107.2742191 [2]
Geography
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West Beckwith Mountain
Location Gunnison County, Colorado, US [2]
Parent range West Elk Mountains [1]
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
West Beckwith Mountain, Colorado [1]
Climbing
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West Beckwith Mountain is a prominent mountain summit in the West Elk Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 12,185-foot (3,714 m) peak is located in the West Elk Wilderness of Gunnison National Forest, about 16.5 miles (26.5 km) southwest of Crested Butte in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States. [2] [1]

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West Beckwith Mountain is a laccolith, formed when magma intruded into Mancos Shale some 30 million years ago. Since then, erosion has removed the softer, overlying sedimentary rock, exposing the more resistant igneous rock. West Beckwith Mountain is one of over a dozen laccoliths in the West Elk and adjacent Elk Mountains. [3] [4]

Historical names

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References

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