Mount Sacagawea facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsMount Sacagawea
Mount Sacagawea from Sacagawea Glacier
|Elevation||13,575 ft (4,138 m)|
|Prominence||409 ft (125 m)|
|Listing||Mountains of Wyoming|
|Location||Fremont / Sublette counties, Wyoming, U.S.|
|Parent range||Wind River Range|
|Topo map||USGS Fremont Peak North (WY)|
|First ascent||1926 Albert Ellingwood, Eleanor Davis, Stephen Hart, Marion Warner|
Mount Sacagawea (13,575 ft (4,138 m)) is the eighth-highest peak in the U.S. state of Wyoming and the seventh-highest in the Wind River Range. It was named after Sacagawea, the young Lemhi Shoshone woman who accompanied the Lewis and Clark Expedition as an interpreter and guide. The Upper Fremont Glacier is located southeast and the Sacagawea Glacier is northeast of the mountain. Straddling the Continental Divide, Mount Sacagawea is one mile (1.6 km) northwest of Fremont Peak.
Encountering bears is a concern in the Wind River Range, as well as in this nearby adjoining area. 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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