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Shale Mountain
Shale Mountain is located in Wyoming
Shale Mountain
Shale Mountain
Location in Wyoming
Shale Mountain is located in the United States
Shale Mountain
Shale Mountain
Location in the United States
Highest point
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
Easiest route Hike

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.


Encountering bears is a concern in the Wind River Range. 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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