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Wild Sky Wilderness Facts

Page Type: Fact Sheet

Location: Washington, United States, North America

Object Title: Wild Sky Wilderness Facts

County: Snohomish/King

 

Page By: Redwic

Created/Edited: May 6, 2010 / May 6, 2010

Object ID: 619039

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Peak Facts

HIGHEST OFFICIALLY-NAMED SUMMIT: Gunn Peak (6240’ elevation)

LOWEST OFFICIALLY-NAMED SUMMIT: Excelsior Mountain (4832’ elevation)

NUMBER OF PEAKS WITH AT LEAST 2000’ OF PROMINENCE: Two (Gunn Peak, Mount Baring)

MOST PROMINENT POINT: Gunn Peak (3640’ of prominence)

LOWEST ELEVATION: ~600' elevation (near the town of Index)

TECHNICAL DIFFICULTY LEVELS FOR SUMMIT ASCENTS: Range from YDS Class I-V

NO PEAKS IN AREA HAVE GLACIERS, BUT SOME HAVE PERMANENT ICE PATCHES: Gunn Peak, Merchant Peak, Spire Mountain

EARLIEST DOCUMENTED SUCCESSFUL SUMMIT ASCENT: Mount Baring, which until 1917 was originally known as Index Mountain. Mount Baring was summited by John Charlton and Albert H. Sylvester on July 28, 1897, during a U.S. Geological Survey.

Flora & Fauna Facts

TOTAL AREA PROTECTED: 106,577 acres

OLD-GROWTH AREA PROTECTED: 80,000 acres of Wild Sky Wilderness has old-growth and mature second-growth forest. This includes 14,000 acres of rare lowland old-growth forests (below 3000’ elevation).

LARGEST OLD-GROWTH TREES: 6’-8’ diameter, 200’-250’ tall, over 300 years old

COMMON LOWLAND FORESTS (BELOW 3000’ ELEVATION): Douglas Fir, Western Hemlock, Western Red Cedar

COMMON SUB-ALPINE FORESTS (ABOVE 3000’ ELEVATION): Silver Fir, Mountain Hemlock, Alaska Cedar

SALMON AND STEELHEAD PROTECTION: Over 25 miles of spawning rivers, creeks, and streams are protected by Wild Sky Wilderness designation.

ENDANGERED AND THREATENED SPECIES: Bald eagle, northern spotted owl, marbled murrelet, pileated woodpecker, wolverine, lynx, mountain goat, grizzly bear

Miscellaneous Facts

AVERAGE ANNUAL PRECIPITATION: 150”-200”

AVERAGE TIMBERLINE ELEVATION: 4500’-5000’

NUMBER OF EXISTING FIRE LOOKOUTS: One (Evergreen Mountain)

LARGEST LAKE: Lake Isabel (~1.5 miles long, ~200’ deep)

HIGHEST LAKE: Jakes Lake (5069' elevation)

ALPHABET LETTER BEGINNING THE MOST OFFICIAL NAMES OF PEAKS:
S (eight peaks):
San Juan Hill, Scorpion Mountain, Scott Peak, Silica Mountain, Spire Mountain, Spire Point, Mount Stickney, Sunrise Mountain

NUMBER OF RIVERS FLOWING THROUGH WILDERNESS AREA: Six (Beckler River, Middle Fork Sultan River, North Fork Skykomish River, North Fork Sultan River, Rapid River, Wallace River)

NUMBER OF CURRENT OFFICIAL U.S. FOREST SERVICE TRAILS: Five (Blanca Lake Trail #1052, Evergreen Mountain Trail #1056, Johnson Ridge Trail #1067, North Fork Skykomish Trail #1051, West Cady Ridge Trail #1054)

Images

North Fork Skykomish River Valley