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|County highpointing. To chase the county highpoints of Utah will get you into almost every mountain area there is. Thanks to this pursuit, I have been into every mountain range in the state except for the House range (which I hope to rectify soon). The La Sals are a fabulous range and has the extra advantage of being close to Moab and the slick rock beauty of Arches and Canyonlands. |
The Henry's are still pretty remote despite the 4WD roads and the Raft River range in the northwest corner is an interesting place.
Best of the unknowns, Ibapah. A long way from no where but well worth the trip. Combine it with a trip to Wheeler Peak in Nevada but be prepared for being a long way from repairs and basic needs.
|Posted Feb 12, 2007 1:07 am|
|Bob Sihler||Re: Two words...|
|Do you mind if I add this into the page, with proper credit, as a suggestion for other ways newcomers can get to know this great state?|
I can't decide if I want to live in CO or UT. In my heart, I want to live somewhere like Meteetse, Wyoming, but my wife would probably go nuts there (that's an idea). CO and UT are reasonable compromises, I think.
Your state is lovely, too. I think I'd go for the east side of the Cascades, though, maybe Bend or something like that. I love what rain does, but I don't love rain!
|Posted Feb 12, 2007 2:41 am|
|Dean||Re: Two words...|
|I have no problem with you adding that info into your page. Anything that highlights the great state of Utah is fine with me. I've lived in L.A., Provo, Missouri, Montana, Seattle and now Kennewick (east side) and every place has its beauty. I just happen to really like Utah. It is so varied and with aspens, bristlecone trees, red rock, desert peaks and towering snowcapped mountains, how can you lose. I'd love to live in St. George. Then I'd be close to the Sierras, and all of Utah and Nevada.|
|Posted Feb 12, 2007 3:49 am|
|mountaingazelle||More Alpine Ranges|
|Box Elder Peak - The highest in the Wellsville Mountains of Northern Utah. They are a part of the Wasatch Range and located southwest of the Bear River Range.|
Abajo Peak - The highest in the Abajo Mountains located west of Monticello, Utah. This mountain range rises to elevations of 11,000+ feet above the surrounding desert.
|Posted Feb 12, 2007 2:45 am|
|Bob Sihler||Re: More Alpine Ranges|
I should have remembered the Abajos. I knew of the Wellsvilles but was iffy on them. Since they're part of the Wasatch, should I include them? Are they part of your Wasatch North page?
|Posted Feb 12, 2007 3:22 am|
|mountaingazelle||Re: More Alpine Ranges|
|They aren't included in my Wasatch North page but I talk about them on my Box Elder Peak page. The Wellsvilles are part of the Wasatch Range but so are the Bear River Range so it's your choice if you want to include them or not. Maybe you could just mention them under the Index section.|
|Posted Feb 12, 2007 3:32 am|
|Bob Sihler||Re: More Alpine Ranges|
|I've never been into the Wellsvilles, but I have seen them. They're different enough from the main Wasatch to warrant separate mention, I think. After all, part of the Wasatch or not, the Bear River Range certainly has its own character.|
|Posted Feb 12, 2007 4:12 am|
|mountaingazelle||Re: More Alpine Ranges|
|Sounds good. I agree, the Bear River Range has a much different character than the Northern Wasatch above Ogden. The Northern Wasatch is made mostly of steep layers of quartzite while the Bear River Range and Wellsvilles are limestone. The Wellsvilles are definitely a seperate range and probably the smallest in Utah.|
|Posted Feb 12, 2007 4:31 am|
|Nice page. I have a few corrections for you, but it looks like you have it covered. Nice job.|
The highest summit, 11,928’ Mount Nebo, doesn’t seem too impressive when measured against the highpoints of many other Western ranges
The thing that is impressive about Mount Nebo is that it rises around 8000 feet with no foothills. Few other mountains in the Rockies have as big of a rise as Mount Nebo.
and, for reasons geologists can explain better than I can theorize, true timberline is higher here in the Wasatch than it would be at the same latitudes in neighboring Colorado.
Actually the timberline on Mount Nebo is lower than it is in most of Colorado. Timberline in Colorado probably averages around 11700-11,800 feet, though it does drop below 11,000 in the Northwest and rise to almost 12,000 feet in other areas. Mount Nebo is well above timberline.
Another interesting fact about the Uintas is that they are one of only two mountain ranges in the United States running east-west (Oklahoma’s Ouachitas are the other).
There are actually more mountain ranges which run west to east, but in comparison to the ones that run north to south, it is a small number. Even in Utah, the Raft River Mountains run west to east.
The Elkhead Mountains out my window also run west to east as do the Williams Fork Mountains out my other window.
Other ranges that run west to east in the area are the Rabbit Ears Range, Elk Range, Traverse Range, etc. The San Juans sort of run west to east, but are a big “blob.”
It looks like you have most of the ranges covered, but I would make a mention of the Wasatch/Sevier Plateau as well since those peaks are as alpine in nature as the Fish Lake area or Bear River Range which are included on this list.
Many of the mountains there just touch timberline, or are slightly above.
Brian Head on the Markagunt Plateau is also above timberline, but is the only peak in the area that is so you might not want it on the list.
|Posted Feb 12, 2007 3:51 pm|
|Bob Sihler||Re: More|
|Thanks for the info. Please take a look later this week; that should give me ample time to get around to the changes I want to make.|
|Posted Feb 13, 2007 12:55 am|
|When I moved from NJ to UT back in the mid 90's, I heard two distinct and considerably mis-informed comments.|
1 - "you'll be converted to the Mormons within a couple of weeks". Yeah, everything I learned and appreciated while growing up baptist my entire life will suddenly be thrown out the window for a considerably different religion. At any rate, the LDS I know were usually tight-lipped about their religion - I had literally to beat it out of them to learn stuff.
2 - "what could possible be in Utah to make you want to go there?". Ummmmmmm, all those pesky mountains, long distance hiking and backpacking opporuntities and world class ski terrain within 20 minutes of my house... yeah, they were right, why move???
These came from what society would consider intelligent people. When it comes to geography a millimeter outside of their "space" and a culture far outside of their space, comments like that show just how mis-informed people are by what they think they know. Of course, I have never been guilty of that... :)
|Posted Sep 8, 2007 5:09 pm|
|Bob Sihler||Re: spot on!|
|You know what? It's just fine with me that so many people think there's nothing in Utah but religious fanatics. They're wrong about the land AND the people (most of them, but that's true of the Baptist South, too, huh?). The people and the land are both great, and if most people don't know that, great.|
I would love to live in Utah-- it has everything but the beach, but then you've got the Great Salt Lake, which is close enough.
|Posted Sep 8, 2007 9:01 pm|
|I just found this page. Very nice page with lots of great pics and info. good job!|
|Posted May 1, 2008 12:16 am|
|Bob Sihler||Re: wow!|
|Thank you very much for the kind words. It is a pleasure to visit Utah and probably even more so to live there as you do.|
|Posted May 1, 2008 2:02 pm|
|lcarreau||Just discovered your|
|page! I lived in Utah (off & on) for 15 years. I included some|
photos taken over the years - too bad time is speeding by so quickly. What I remember most is growing up around snow-capped
mountains, sniffing aspen trees and catching Rainbow trout.
Thanks for creating this wonderful UTAH page!!!!!
|Posted Oct 26, 2008 11:59 pm|
|Bob Sihler||Re: Just discovered your|
|Thanks, Larry; it was a pleasure writing the page. Utah remains on our short list of places to move to, and I'd love for my kids to be "growing up around snow-capped mountains, sniffing aspen trees and catching Rainbow trout."|
|Posted Oct 29, 2008 11:41 am|
|don't leave out the Uintah, spelled with an H, mountain range. it is some of the most remote country in the U.S. The backcountry is rugged, and trails average at about 9500 to 10000 ft. Includes Kings Peak, not something to miss. Caters to everyone, mountain bikers, climbers (keep in mind no bolted sport routes, plus no beta, climbing at its purest) I may be speaking out of place, but the Uintah Range should be one of the highlights of what Utah has to offer.|
|Posted Feb 20, 2009 10:53 pm|
|benjydaniel||a couple more thoughts|
|nice page by the way.|
the uintah mountain range includes and handful of peaks over 13000 feet. I've hiked timpanogas and nebo and they don't compare. plus get away from the city smog, you can see forever, twice as far on the wasatch front.
|Posted Feb 20, 2009 11:02 pm|
|Bob Sihler||Re: a couple more thoughts|
|Thanks. The Uintas (that's the spelling I've mostly seen and the spelling on the pages here) are included on the page both as attachments and in the text (under "Two World-Class Ranges").|
Welcome to the site, and I hope you enjoy it (and have some great contributions to add).
|Posted Feb 21, 2009 7:27 am|
|lcarreau||Re: a couple more thoughts|
|Howdy, Bob! I wonder why some people are so stuck on "names"|
on this site. I grew up in northern UT, and we always referred
to them as the "Uintas."
Question: Can I please attach another photo of the snow-covered
"Oquirrh Mountain range?" This range, the "Rodney Dangerfield"
of the n. Utah ranges, is a very special one of mine.
|Posted May 1, 2009 6:12 pm|