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East Beckwith Mountain
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East Beckwith Mountain viewed from the northeast. The high point is the summit on the right.
Highest point
Elevation 12,441 ft (3,792 m)
Prominence 2,492 ft (760 m)
Isolation 6.24 mi (10.04 km)
Listing Colorado prominent summits
Geography
Location Gunnison County, Colorado, U.S.
Parent range West Elk Mountains
Topo map USGS 7.5' topographic map
Anthracite Range, Colorado
Climbing
Easiest route hike

East Beckwith Mountain is a prominent mountain summit in the West Elk Mountains range of the Rocky Mountains of North America. The 12,441-foot (3,792 m) peak is located in the West Elk Wilderness of Gunnison National Forest, 13.4 miles (21.5 km) west by south (bearing 264°) of the Town of Crested Butte in Gunnison County, Colorado, United States.

Geology

East Beckwith Mountain is a laccolith, formed when magma intruded into Mancos Shale approximately 30 million years ago. Subsequently the softer, overlying sedimentary rock has eroded away, exposing the more resistant igneous rock. East Beckwith Mountain is one of over a dozen laccoliths in the West Elk and adjacent Elk Mountains. Of these laccoliths, East Beckwith Mountain is noted for its distinctive glacial landforms. On the north side of this elongated, east-west oriented mountain, there are five glacially carved cirques with intervening arêtes, and moraines fan out from the mountain's base.

Historical names

  • East Beckwith Mountain
  • Mount Beckwith
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