I'm not a geologist, but it appears it was
formally much higher, but then was ran over
by a glacier back in the last Ice Age.
I don't know Larry, I'm not a geologist either. All I know is I was very tired by the time I got there. It was the last peak of a very long 30+ mile day going over 8 13000 footers and 3 12000 footers. I was so happy when I got to the top and it was virtually all down hill from there. It was very striking at that time of day (4:30pm) and the bands of white were the only white rock I encountered the whole day. Everything else was red or grayish red.
You were tired and happy at the same time ??
I need to take a good look at Google Earth.
Do you ever see any weather balloons out there?
Thanks for the info WV.
It would be interesting to go back in time and see what the average altitude of the range was back then.
Supposedly 20,000-25,000 feet. I used to have two books on the geology of the Uinta Mountains, but they were lost when our house flooded in 2001.
If you would like, you might be insterested in creating a different page on Flat Top BM. The only reason I put the information on the Mount Emmons page was because I didn't have any photos of Flat Top BM (and thus couldn't create a page on it), but I still wanted the information on SP.
It might make a good page in itself.
PS, when we were there we found a cairn, but no metal BM. I assume there isn't a metal one up there, but did you happen to find one?
Thanks for suggesting that. I was wondering about that too. I will do it but it may be awhile before I get to it. Also, the first time I climbed it in June from Dry Gulch, I had a similar experience to yours on the way up, lots of blow downs and trails not worth following. But on the way down, I was very lucky and found a pretty good trail all the way back to the start which has clearly seen occasional maintenance.
I forgot to add that no I did not find a metal BM either, just the cairn.