Shale Mountain facts for kids
Quick facts for kidsShale Mountain
|Elevation||12,405 ft (3,781 m)|
|Prominence||319 ft (97 m)|
|Location||Sublette and Fremont Counties, Wyoming, U.S.|
|Parent range||Wind River Range|
|Topo map||USGS Downs Mountain|
Shale Mountain (12,405 ft (3,781 m)) is located in the northern Wind River Range in the U.S. state of Wyoming. Shale Mountain straddles the Continental Divide and is in both Bridger-Teton and Shoshone National Forests. Shale Mountain is 5 mi (8.0 km) north of Downs Mountain.
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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