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Mushroom Peak
Glacier Skywalk Mushroom Peak.jpg
Mushroom Peak, south aspect, seen from Icefields Parkway
Highest point
Elevation 3,210 m (10,530 ft)
Prominence 270 m (890 ft)
Geography
Location Alberta, Canada
Parent range Winston Churchill Range
Topo map NTS 83C/06
Climbing
First ascent 1947 by Noel E. Odell
Easiest route rock/snow climb
Mushroom Peak and Diadem Peak
Mushroom Peak (left) seen with Diadem Peak (right) from the Icefields Parkway

Mushroom Peak is a mountain located in the Sunwapta River valley of Alberta, Canada's Jasper National Park, lying just over a kilometre east of Diadem Peak. The mountain was named in 1947 by Noel E. Odell who made the first ascent (solo). Upon reaching the summit, he found that the dark limestone rocks there resembled mushrooms. The mountain can be seen from the Icefields Parkway.

Climate

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mushroom Peak is located in a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below -20 °C with wind chill factors below -30 °C. Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains into the Sunwapta River which is a tributary of the Athabasca River.

Geology

Mushroom Peak is composed of sedimentary rock laid down during the Precambrian to Jurassic periods. Formed in shallow seas, this sedimentary rock was pushed east and over the top of younger rock during the Laramide orogeny.

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