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Window Blind Peak
Window Blind Peak, San Rafael Swell.jpg
Northeast aspect
Highest point
Elevation 7,030 ft (2,140 m)
Prominence 1,410 ft (430 m)
Isolation 8.99 mi (14.47 km)
Parent peak Cedar Mountain (7,665 ft)
Geography
Location Emery County, Utah, U.S.
Parent range San Rafael Swell
Colorado Plateau
Topo map USGS Bottleneck Peak
Geology
Age of rock Late Triassic to Jurassic
Type of rock sandstone, siltstone, shale
Climbing
First ascent 1973
Easiest route class 5.7 climbing

Window Blind Peak is a 7,030-foot (2,140 meter) elevation summit located in the San Rafael Swell of Emery County, Utah, U.S.. Towering 1,800 feet above its surrounding terrain, it is the highest point of the Mexican Mountain Wilderness Study Area. Ownership is administered by the Bureau of Land Management. It is situated 2.1 miles (3.4 km) southeast of Bottleneck Peak, and the nearest higher neighbor is Cedar Mountain, 8.95 miles (14.40 km) to the north-northeast. Precipitation runoff from this feature drains north into the nearby San Rafael River. The first ascent of this peak was made September 23, 1973, by Jim Langdon, Dale Black, and Dave Palmer via the West Face.

Geology

This major erosional remnant along the San Rafael River is composed of Wingate Sandstone, which is the remains of wind-borne sand dunes deposited approximately 200 million years ago in the Late Triassic, overlain by Kayenta Formation, and capped by Jurassic Navajo Sandstone. Lightly-colored slopes of Chinle Formation are exposed in places around the base of the mountain.

Climate

Spring and fall are the most favorable seasons to visit Window Blind Peak. According to the Köppen climate classification system, it is located in a Cold semi-arid climate zone, which is defined by the coldest month having an average mean temperature below 32 °F (0 °C), and at least 50% of the total annual precipitation being received during the spring and summer. This desert climate receives less than 10 inches (250 millimeters) of annual rainfall, and snowfall is generally light during the winter.

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