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Bears Ears Mountain
Highest point
Elevation 11,820 ft (3,600 m)
Prominence 260 ft (79 m)
Location Fremont County, Wyoming, U.S.
Parent range Wind River Range
Topo map USGS Lizard Head Peak

Bears Ears Mountain is a (11,820-foot (3,600 m)) mountain located in the southern Wind River Range in the U.S. state of Wyoming. Bears Ears Mountain is 1.32 mi (2.12 km) east of Mount Chauvenet and consists of two peaks which from a distance resemble the ears on a bear.


Encountering bears is a concern in the Wind River Range. There are other concerns as well, including bugs, wildfires, adverse snow conditions and nighttime cold temperatures.

Importantly, there have been notable incidents, including accidental deaths, due to falls from steep cliffs (a misstep could be fatal in this class 4/5 terrain) and due to falling rocks, over the years, including 1993, 2007 (involving an experienced NOLS leader), 2015 and 2018. Other incidents include a seriously injured backpacker being airlifted near SquareTop Mountain in 2005, and a fatal hiker incident (from an apparent accidental fall) in 2006 that involved state search and rescue. The U.S. Forest Service does not offer updated aggregated records on the official number of fatalities in the Wind River Range.

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