Mount Holmes

Mount Holmes
Mount Holmes

Mount Holmes
Elevation 10,331 ft (3,149 m) [1]
Location Yellowstone National Park, Park County, Wyoming, USA
Range Gallatin Range
Coordinates 44°49′08″N 110°51′21″W / 44.81889°N 110.85583°W / 44.81889; -110.85583 (Mount Holmes)Coordinates: 44°49′08″N 110°51′21″W / 44.81889°N 110.85583°W / 44.81889; -110.85583 (Mount Holmes)[1]
Topo map Mount Holmes
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Mount Holmes is a prominent mountain peak in Yellowstone National Park. It is the tallest mountain in the Wyoming portion of the Gallatin Range. Mount Holmes is located in the northwestern part of the park and marks the southern terminus of the Gallatin Range. It is the source of Indian Creek, a tributary of the Gardner River.

There is a ranger station near the top of Mount Holmes from which forest fires and weather are monitored. The Bannock Trail crosses the mountains close to Mount Holmes.


A 1860 map by Captain William F. Raynolds showed this peak as Mount Gallatin. Prior to 1878, the peak was routinely referred to as Mount Madison because of its proximity to the Madison River. In 1878 Henry Gannett and geologist William H. Holmes, members of the third Hayden Geologic Survey, ascended the peak. Gannett named the peak Mount Holmes[2].

The summit of Mount Holmes can be reached via the 10.8 miles (17.4 km) Mount Holmes-Winter Creek trail. The trailhead is located near Apollonaris Spring on the Mammoth-Norris section of the Grand Loop Road[3].

Images of Mount Holmes
Mount Holmes' namesake, William H. Holmes  
Mount Holmes as seen from Winter Creek, 1890  
Mount Holmes and other peaks, 1963  
Looking east from summit of Mount Holmes, 1965  
Mount Holmes (center) from Madison River, October 2010  

See also


  1. ^ a b "Mount Holmes". Geographic Names Information System, U.S. Geological Survey. 
  2. ^ Whittlesey, Lee (1988). Yellowstone Place Names. Helena, MT: Montana Historical Society Press. pp. 105. ISBN 0917298152. 
  3. ^ Schneider, Bill (2003). Hiking Yellowstone National Park. Guilford, CT: Falcon Press. pp. 129–131. ISBN 0762725397. 

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