Teton range peak names

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

Tetons names of peaks from Teewinot NPS photo:

See also below, photo maps and more lists of peak names/summit elevations plus a link to profile drawings of the Teton Range with the names of peaks seen from three views along the highways.

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 that the Shoshone Indians named the peaks “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.”

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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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When the 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.

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

At: https://www.nps.gov/grte/planyourvisit/upload/Leigh_Lake_topo.pdf

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.

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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.


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:

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:

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:

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 topo map!


To print yourself a larger, more readable copy of three profile drawings

drawings of the Grand Teton range from three locations with peaks named

of the Teton Range with the names of peaks seen from these three views:

1) Highway 89, one mile south of Moose Junction

2) Teton Point turnout on Highway 89

3) from Jackson Lake Lodge

go to:


and click on Teton Profile


A park service page with lots of pictures/advice about getting to the Grand Teton summit:

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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

Campers can take a look at a map of (and details about) Grand Teton National park Colter Bay campground, Signal Mountain campground, Gros Ventre Campground, Jenny Lake Campground, Lizard Creek Campground, Headwaters Campground

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