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Granite Peak (Montana)

Mountain information
NameGranite Peak
Elevation12807 ft (3903.6 m)
Prominence4759 ft (1450.5 m)
ListingU.S. state high point
LocationPark County, Montana, USA
RangeBeartooth Mountains
First ascent1923 by Elers Koch
Easiest routerock/ice climb

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Granite Peak, at an elevation of 12807 ft (3903.6 m) above sea level, is the highest point in the U.S. state of Montana, and is the tenth highest state high point in the nation. It lies within the Absaroka-Beartooth Wilderness, in Park County very near the borders of Stillwater County and Carbon County. Granite Peak is 10 mi (16.1 km) north of the Wyoming border, 45 mi (72.4 km) southwest of Columbus, Montana.

Granite Peak is one of the most difficult U.S. state highpoint ascents, due to technical climbing, poor weather, and route finding. Granite Peak’s first ascent was made by Elers Koch, James C. Whitham and R.T. Ferguson on August 29, 1923 after several failed attempts by others. It was the last of the state highpoints to be climbed. Today, climbers typically spend two or three days ascending the peak, stopping over on the Froze-to-Death Plateau, although some climbers choose to ascend the peak in a single day.

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