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Columbia Mountains

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointMount Sir Sandford (3519 m/11,545 ft)
CountriesCanada (75%), United States (25%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesBritish Columbia (75%), Washington (17%), Idaho (5%), Montana (3%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area135,952 sq km / 52,491 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent741 km / 461 mi North-South
493 km / 306 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long50° 45' N; 118° 41' W
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Map of Columbia Mountains
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Columbia Mountains.
Intermountain WestLevel 2 (Parent)
         British Columbia InteriorLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Columbia MountainsLevel 3
                 Cariboo MountainsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Shuswap HighlandLevel 4 (Child)
                 Okanogan HighlandsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Monashee MountainsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Selkirk MountainsLevel 4 (Child)
                 Purcell MountainsLevel 4 (Child)
         Columbia PlateauLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Great Basin RangesLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Colorado PlateauLevel 3 (Sibling)
         Southwest Basins and RangesLevel 3 (Sibling)



Major Peaks of the Columbia Mountains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Mount Sir Sandford351911,545Selkirk Mountains
2.Mount Sir Wilfrid Laurier351611,535Cariboo Mountains
3.Mount Farnham349311,460Purcell Mountains
4.Mount Jumbo343711,276Purcell Mountains
5.Howser Spire341211,194Purcell Mountains
6.Karnak Mountain341111,191Purcell Mountains
7.Mount Delphine340611,175Purcell Mountains
8.Mount Sir John Abbott339811,148Cariboo Mountains
9.Mount Hammond338711,112Purcell Mountains
10.Mount Dawson337711,079Selkirk Mountains
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.
Child Range High Points
RankPeak NamemftRange4
1.Mount Sir Sandford351911,545Selkirk Mountains
2.Mount Sir Wilfrid Laurier351611,535Cariboo Mountains
3.Mount Farnham349311,460Purcell Mountains
4.Mount Monashee327410,741Monashee Mountains
5.Dunn Peak26368648Shuswap Highland
6.Big White Mountain23157595Okanogan Highlands



Photos of Peaks in the Columbia Mountains

Pigeon Spire
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Approaching the first of three summits of the West Ridge au Cheval (2014-08-04). Photo by Kristian Kalsing.
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Ursus Major Mountain

I believe this peak rising above Balu Pass in the Selkirks is Ursus Major (1992-08-08).
South Selkirk Crest
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South Selkirk Crest, Idaho. Photo by Cedron Jones (2008-08-23).
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Mount Bonaparte

The fire lookout tower on Mount Bonaparte was manned as recently as 1992 (1992-08-09).
Snow Peak
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Snow Peak, well-named in this picture (2009-04-18). Photo by Ken Jones.
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Hoodoo Mountain
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A snowy Hoodoo Mountain (2009-04-19). Photo by Ken Jones.
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