Teton range peak names

The Grand Teton park newspaper prints this drawing of most of the mountain peaks of the Teton Range, with their names and summit (top, highest) elevations:

Tetons names of peaks from Teewinot NPS photo:

See also below, photo maps of the skyline and more lists of peak names / summit (top, highest) elevations plus a link to profile drawings of the Teton Range with the names of peaks seen from three views along the highways, to help you identify each peak you see.

The Grand Teton National Park newspaper said this about the origins of the names of the peaks:

Static Peak In the Teton Range north of Death Canyon. Named because it is often hit by lightning.

Buck Mountain Named for George A. Buck, recorder for T.M. Bannon’s 1898 mapping party. Bannon gave the name “Buck Station” to the triangulation station he and George Buck established on the summit in 1898.

Grand Teton Highest mountain in the Teton Range. Named by French trappers. Upon viewing the Teton Range from the west, the trappers dubbed the South, Middle, and Grand, Les Trois Tetons, meaning ”the three breasts.” Wilson Price Hunt called them ”Pilot Knobs” in 1811 because he had used them for orientation while crossing Union Pass. In his Journal of a Trapper, Osborne Russel said the Shoshone Indians call them the hoary headed Fathers.

Mount Owen Northeast of the Grand Teton. Named for W.O. Owen, who climbed the Grand Teton in 1898 with Bishop Spalding, John Shive, and Frank Petersen.

Teewinot Towers above Cascade Canyon and Jenny Lake. Its name comes from the Shoshone word meaning “many pinnacles.” Teewinot probably once applied to the entire Teton Range, rather than just this one peak. Fritiof Fryxell and Phil Smith named the peak when they successfully completed the first ascent of the mountain in 1929.

Mount Saint John Between Cascade and Paintbrush canyons. A series of peaks of nearly equal height. Named for Orestes St. John, geologist of Hayden’s 1877 survey, whose monographs of the Teton and Wind River ranges are now classics.

Mount Moran Most prominent peak in the northern end of the Teton Range. Named by Ferdinand V. Hayden for the landscape artist Thomas Moran, who traveled with the 1872 Hayden expedition into Yellowstone and into Pierre’s Hole on the western side of the Teton Range. He produced many sketches and watercolors from these travels.

From the book Origins by Hayden and Nielsen.”

close up of cliff wall

drawing of Mount MoranThe drawing above is from: https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/geology-access.pdf

Here, 2.7 billion year old metamorphic gneiss that makes up part of Mount Moran:
section of rock

Watch a video about the geology of Mount Moran at:
https://www.nps.gov/media/video/view.htm?id=24154141-155D-451F-6772E0726ABCD753

The floor to ceiling windows (two story, 60 feet tall) of Jackson Lake Lodge have Teton range views, through the section of window pictured below, the peak is Mount Moran.

huge window with mountain seen thru it

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Below a drawing of heights of peaks in Grand Teton and Yellowtone National parks (Gallatin Range) for comparison, including Grand Teton, Mt Moran, Mt Washburn, Mt Holmes, Three Rivers Peak, Electric Peak from the book Grand Teton National Park by the United States Dept. of the Interior:

drawing of heights of peaks in Grand Teton and Yellowtone National parks (Gallatin Range)  for comparison, including Grand Teton, Mt Moran, Mt Washburn, Mt Holmes, Three Rivers Peak, Electric Peak from the book Grand Teton National Park by the United States Dept. of the Interior

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In the NPS book: Grand Teton

A Guide to Grand Teton National Park, Wyoming

from left to right in the painting below
1) Mount Wister, 2) Shadow Peak, 3) South Teton, 4) Cloudveil Dome, 5) Nez Perce Peak,
6) Middle Teton, 7) Mount Owen, 8) Teewinot Mountain, 9) Rockchuck Peak, 10) Mount St. John, 11) The Jaw, 12) Mount Woodring, 13) Maidenform Peak, 14) Mount Moran, 15) Window Peak,
16) Bivouac Peak

NPS painting of Grand Teton National park peaks

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Middle Teton with a black dike, as seen from Garnet Canyon:
meadow and peak

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When Grand Teton National Park was established in 1929 it included the Teton mountain range and most of the lakes at the base of the range. In 1950 the present boundaries were created by an act of Congress. There are still private parcels within the park, but some have been given to the park or purchased by the park.

See these maps of Grand Teton National park boundaries in 1929, 1943 (Jackson Hole National Monument) 1950 and 1972 (with the addition of the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Memorial parkway between Grant Teton and Yellowstone).

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The Cathedral Group is Grand Teton, Mt. Owen, Teewinot and from some viewpoints, some say it includes Mount St. John.

As seen from the North Fork of the Cascade Canyon Trail, (right to left below) Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Teewinot Mountain

peaks and trail

The Cathedral Group as seen from Lake Solitude up above Cascade Canyon (right to left below) Grand Teton, Mount Owen, and Teewinot Mountain:

large lake with peaks behind

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At the Grand Teton Climbing Rangers webpages we read:

“Mount Owen is one of the greatest of the Teton peaks in height, beauty, and climbing interest. Named for William Owen, pioneer Wyoming surveyor and organizer of the 1898 ascent of the Grand Teton, it was one of the last of the high peaks to be ascended, resisting several early attempts. Not until 1930 did the very strong first-ascent party of Underhill, Fryxell, Smith, and Henderson solve the problem of the summit knob. Even today there is no easy way to the summit and every route requires mountaineering skill, demanding a consistent level of attention. Many parties tackling this challenging peak underestimate the length of an Owen endeavor and spend an unexpected second night in the mountains. Plan accordingly!”

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At the Grand Teton Climbing Rangers webpages we read:
The Enclosure (13,280′) The western spur of the Grand Teton, the second highest point in the Teton Range, holds a curious man-made structure within a few feet of its summit. Discovered in the course of the controversial attempt to climb the Grand Teton on July 29,1872, it was originally described as an “enclosure” by Nathaniel P. Langford in his now-famous 1873 article in Scribner’s Monthly. This enclosure consists of an elliptical arrangement of flat rocks placed on edge, 7 by 9 feet across and 3 feet high. This “enclosure” was most likely built by Native Americans at a time ancient or recent (19th century), perhaps as a part of a “visionquest” or other ceremony. Today, the Enclosure not only offers the non-technical climber a summit second only to the Grand Teton, but dozens of multi-pitch alpine and mixed routes for the seasoned alpinist.”

http://tetonclimbingpass.blogspot.com/

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Grand Teton National Park has ten named glaciers

 

Schoolroom Glacier melting, 1972 to 2015 comparison:

two photos of a glacier

Part of the Teton Range showing three glaciers from left to right
Middle Teton, Teepe, and Teton Glaciers:

peaks and glaciers

 

Map of Middle Teton Glacier from https://www.nps.gov/grte/learn/nature/upload/Vital-Signs-2019-final-web-access.pdf

map of glacier

 
Triple Glaciers, Skillet Glacier and Falling Ice Glacier on Mount Moran

peak and glaciers

you can find the location of Triple Glaciers, Skillet Glacier and Falling Ice Glacier on Mount Moran and see where water melt from Falling Ice Glacier flows into Leigh Lake and water from Skillet Glacier flows into Trapper Lake.
at: https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/Leigh_Lake_topo.pdf

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(Please note that there are peaks named the Three Sisters
in Canmore, Alberta, Canada and in Oregon,
but not in Grand Teton National Park.)

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Signal Mountain, is not actually in the Teton range, but is a worthy drive for great views of the range.

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Below a NASA landstat photo of the range and lakes below it:

landsat_grand_teton NASA photo: NASA visualization of the Teton range and surrounding lakes

Compare it to a photo of a visitor center raised relief map. In both, Jackson lake is the biggest one, with Leigh Lake and Jenny Lake to the upper left of it. At the bottom are Two Ocean and Emma Matilda lakes.

all ofJackson Lake raised relief map:

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The descriptions above leave out some of the peaks of the range. Here is a fuller, but still incomplete, list:

Rendezvous Peak 10,450, a second source says 10,924

Mount Hunt 10,783, a second source says 10,775

Static Peak 11,303

Buck Mountain 11,938, a second source says 11,923

Mount Wister 11,490, (a second source says 11,480) is behind Buck Mountain,

South Teton, 12,514, (a second source says 12,505) is best seen from the Idaho side of the range

Gilkey Tower 12,450+

Spalding Peak 12,200+

Cloudveil Dome 12,026

Nez Perce, 11,901

Middle Teton, 12,804

Grand Teton, 13,770 (a second source says 13,766)

Mount Owen 12,928

Storm Point 10,054

Symmetry Spire 10,560

Teewinot 12,325

Mount Saint John 11,430

Rockchuck Peak 11,444

Mount Woodring 11,590

Thor Peak 12,028 (a second source says 12,018)

Mount Moran 12,605 (a second source says 12,594)

Bivouac Peak 10,825

Eagles Rest 11,258

Doane Peak 11,354

 
NASA Yellowstone Tetons: NASA Aerial view from space of Yellowstone and Grand Teton National parksIn this NASA photo from space the biggest lake in the upper half is Yellowstone Lake and the long one further south is Jackson Lake, with the teton range showing as a white strip to the left of it.

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You can find a larger sized copy of the NPS photo map below with Delta Lake, Teton Glacier, Middle Teton Glacier, Disappointment Peak, Grand Teton, Mount Owen, Teewinot, the Apex and Grand Teton lower saddle

at https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=2325991

photo map with lakes, peaks, trails

You can find a larger copy of the NPS photo map below of Jenny Lake, String Lake, Leigh Lake, Paintbrush Divide, Cascade Canyon, Paintbrush Canyon, Hanging Canyon, Mount Woodring, Mount Moran, Teewinot, Holly Lake and Lake Solitude at:
https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=2325994

photo map with trails, lakes, peaks and roads

You can find a larger copy of the NPS photo trail map below of Thor peak, Mount Moran, Mount Woodring, Rockchuck Peak, Mount Moran, Paintbrush Divide, the Jaw, Jenny Lake, Leigh Lake, String Lake, Bearpaw Lake, Trapper lake, Paintbrush Canyon, Leigh Canyon, Cascade Canyon, Moran Canyon, Holly Lake and Lake Solitude

at https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=2326000

photo map of trails, lakes, peaks

You can find a larger copy of this NPS photo map of the trails near Laurance S. Rockefeller Preserve and Phelps Lake, Granite Canyon, Open Canyon, Death Canyon, Stewart Draw, Mount Hunt, Fox Creek Pass, Mt. Hunt Divide, Static Peak Divide, Static Peak, Albright Peak, Mt Meek Pass, Death Canyon Shelf, Prospectors Mountain and White Grass Meadow at:
https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=2325974

photo map of lakes, roads trails and peaks

You can find a larger copy of the NPS photo map below, which shows the location of Taggart Lake, Bradley Lake, Avalanche Canyon, Garnet Canyon, Stewart Draw, Buck Mountain, Mt. Wister, South Teton, Nez Perce, Middle Teton, Grand Teton, Mt. Owen, and Teton Glacier at:
https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/loader.cfm?csModule=security/getfile&PageID=2325972

photo map with lakes, trails, peaks, highway
 

Printing copies of the photo trail maps you can find at the links above could aid in route finding while hiking, but not substitute for a topographical (topo) map!
 

Backpackers can find maps of backcountry campsites at Holly Lake, North and South Fork Cascade Canyon, Paintbrush Canyon, Phelps Lake, Granite and Open Canyon, Marion Lake, Death Canyon, Bradley and Taggart Lakes, Garnet Canyon and Surprise Lake at Grand Teton backpacking. And more info at backpacking advice.

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To be able to answer the question: “what is that mountain named?”

print yourself a larger, more readable copy of these three profile drawings of the Teton Range with the names of peaks seen from these three views:

1) Highway 89, one mile south of Moose Junction

drawing of mountian peaks with their names

2) Teton Point turnout on Highway 89

drawing of mountain peaks with their names

3) from Jackson Lake Lodge

drawing of mountain peaks with their names

go to:

http://www.nps.gov/grte/parkmgmt/guideres.htm

and click on Teton profile

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most of the Grand Teton range peaks
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climber standing near top of peak

Thinking about climbing the Grand Teton?

view of the side of the top of a peak

Here is advice from the Jenny Lake Climbing rangers:

“The Grand Teton is not only the highest peak in the Teton Range but also the high point of climbing activity. From any approach to the range, the Grand Teton towers above the lesser peaks and beckons the climber almost irresistibly. In more than 100 years of climbing on “The Grand” routes to its summit have been found that will satisfy anyone’s taste. From the Owen-Spalding route to the Direct North Face almost all degrees of difficulty can be found. All routes, however, require knowledge of the use of a rope and correct belay techniques to be negotiated safely.

It is not uncommon for parties to take 14 hours or more to make the round trip from the Lower Saddle to the summit and back. The Owen-Spalding and Upper Exum Ridge are often incorrectly described as “hikes.” Soloists have been injured or killed attempting these routes.

Large climbing parties are NOT recommended on the Grand Teton. The Owen-Spalding, Exum Ridge, and Petzoldt Ridge are extremely popular technical alpine rock routes. Groups larger than 2 can cause unnecessary and dangerous delays for all parties on these routes.

Climbers should not attempt a one-day ascent of the Grand Teton without prior experience on this LARGE mountain and familiarity with technical ascents in the Teton Range.

There are no straightforward routes in the Tetons- everything requires good route finding skills!”

http://tetonclimbinggrand.blogspot.com/

a strip of Yosemite granite

Knowing the elevation you attained on a hike and or climb can be fun for the been-there-and-done-that part of your adventure.

Find a compass, altitude, latitude and longitude on your cell phone here.

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See also:

Grand Tetons trip pages index has brief descriptions of most of the pages about the De Anza College trip.

You can stay in a cabin, tent cabin or even a suite with fabulous view, fireplace, fridge, etc. Read more at: Grand Tetons hotels, cabins, lodging

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simple map

Some of these webpages with maps and pictures of Grand Teton National Park campgrounds have recommendations for which campsite to choose:

Headwaters campground, near the Yellowstone National Park border, has 100 trailer sites and 75 tent sites.

Lizard Creek campground also has sites on Jackson Lake, some with views.

Colter Bay campground includes 335 individual campsites (160 tent spots with tent pads), 11 large group campsites (by reservation only), 13 electric sites, and ADA-accessible hookups. None of these campsites are on the lake and none have views.

Signal Mountain (86 campsites) is the campground with some sites with views across the lake to the mountains.

Jenny Lake campground, a short distance from Jenny Lake, 49 sites, tents only, one vehicle only less than 14 feet long, is the first Grand Teton National Park campground to fill each day, often early in the morning.

Gros Ventre campground, 4.5 miles from Gros Ventre junction, is the closest campground to the town of Jackson (9 miles +/- Northeast). Sites vary in size and can accommodate RVs up to 45ft. Thirty-six sites have electricity. Ten are ADA compliant with the adjacent restroom being ADA compliant. It has cottonwood trees and sagebrush along the Gros Ventre river. You might see a moose wander through the campground and sometimes can find one along the river.

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nps drawing bears: drawing of a black bear and a grizzly for comparison Was that a black bear or a grizzly, a coyote or a wolf or a fox we just saw?

NPS photo Yellowstone wildlife montage Robert Hynes 560 pxls: Rocky Mountain mammal size comparisons has photos and comparisons of beavers, squirrels, pika, marmot, elk, moose, bison, fox, coyote, wolf, golden-mantled ground squirrel, chipmunk, Red Squirrel (also known as) Chickaree, Unita Ground squirrels, bobcat, lynx, mountain lion (cougar), pine marten, mountain goats, bighorn sheep, pronghorn, grizzly and black bears, tundra swan, trumpeter swan, adult and juvenile Bald Eagles.

 

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Grand Teton National Park birds has photos and details about the most common ones we can hope to see
including Bald Eagle, Red-winged Blackbird, Canada Geese, Clark’s Nutcracker, Golden Eagle, Great Blue Heron.Great Gray Owl, Harlequin duck, Loon, Magpie, Merganser, Northern Flicker (woodpecker), Osprey, Ouzel, Pelican, Peregrine Falcon, Ptarmigan, Raven, Sandhill Cranes, Steller’s Jays, Trumpeter Swan, Western Meadowlark and Western Tanager, with links to calls / songs from most of them to listen to.

and you can Download photos of over a hundred birds of Grand Teton National Park
https://www.audubon.org/climate/national-parks/grand-teton-national-park

hawk flying

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Grand Tetons kayaking

Grand Tetons sightseeing

Grand Teton and Yellowstone National Park photos

See also: NASA aerial photo of Teton Range

WY_TetonRange copyright EJ Peiker: sagebrush in foreground; a long row of snow capped mountains

photo above © E J Peiker http://www.ejphoto.com/grand_teton_page.htm used with permission