Cathedral Mountain (Zion National Park) facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsCathedral Mountain
Cathedral Mountain, east aspect, August 2012
|Elevation||6,930 ft (2,110 m)|
|Prominence||210 ft (64 m)|
|Isolation||0.25 mi (0.40 km)|
|Parent peak||Mount Majestic (6,956 ft)|
|Location||Zion National Park
Washington County, Utah
|Parent range||Colorado Plateau|
|Topo map||USGS Temple of Sinawava|
|Age of rock||Jurassic|
|Type of rock||Navajo sandstone|
|Easiest route||class 4 scrambling|
Cathedral Mountain is situated at the north end of Zion Canyon, towering 2,500-feet (760 meters) above the canyon floor and the North Fork of the Virgin River which drains precipitation runoff from this mountain. Cathedral is the nearest higher neighbor to Angels Landing, with 0.7 mile (1 km) of separation, and the Angels Landing Trail traverses Refrigerator Canyon between them. Other neighbors include The Great White Throne, Observation Point, The Organ, Lady Mountain, Cable Mountain, and parent Mount Majestic. This feature's descriptive name was applied by Stephen S. Johnson in 1922, and officially adopted in 1934 by the U.S. Board on Geographic Names. The Spearhead, elevation 5,804-ft, is the southernmost tip of this mountain, and is prominently featured from Zion Lodge. The first ascent of Cathedral was made by Walter Becker, Fritz Becker, and Rudolph Weidner on August 31, 1931.
Spring and fall are the most favorable seasons to visit Cathedral Mountain. According to the Köppen climate classification system, it is located in a Cold semi-arid climate zone, which is defined by the coldest month having an average mean temperature below 32 °F (0 °C), and at least 50% of the total annual precipitation being received during the spring and summer. This desert climate receives less than 10 inches (250 millimeters) of annual rainfall, and snowfall is generally light during the winter.
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