Is the summit the high point?

The highest point in any given county is not necessarily a summit. The highest point may be on the side of a mountain that actually summits in another county. This is the case in two Utah Counties.

In Wasatch County, the highest point is 10,840 feet on the side of Murdock Mountain. The summit of Murdock Mountain is in Summit County. The highest summit in Wasatch County is an unnamed peak (designated Mt. Cardwell) at 10,743 feet.

Similarly, the highest point in Kane County is around 10,080 feet on the boundary with Iron County. The highest peak is an unnamed peak designated Andy Nelson Peak, which is 53 feet lower than the highest point.

What’s with the unnamed peaks being given designated names? In the 1990′s a couple wrote the book Hiking Utah’s Summits, and upon discovering three county summits with no names, the Salt Lake Tribune had a naming contest. These ‘winners’ are the designated names. The third of these is Rich County, whose peak has been given the name Bridger Peak at 9,255 feet, although it is officially known as Point 9255 according to SummitPost.

On my big-old map, I have both the county high point and the highest summit marked in both Kane and Wasatch Counties. I kind of feel like maybe we’ll do both. The high point in Wasatch County is pretty easy, and Andy Nelson Peak isn’t exactly difficult. We haven’t really decided, but that’s where I lean.

One Response to “Is the summit the high point?”

  1. Becky B says:

    I think you should hike both the high point and the summit in those two counties. I think you’ll regret it if you don’t. :)