Purcell Mountains

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointMount Farnham (3493 m/11,460 ft)
CountriesCanada (81%), United States (19%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
States/ProvincesBritish Columbia (81%), Montana (15%), Idaho (4%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area24,423 sq km / 9,430 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent351 km / 218 mi North-South
165 km / 102 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long49° 56' N; 116° 20' W
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Map of Purcell 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 Purcell Mountains.
Columbia MountainsLevel 3 (Parent)
         Cariboo MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Shuswap HighlandLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Okanogan HighlandsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Monashee MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Selkirk MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Purcell MountainsLevel 4
                 Northern Purcell MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Bugaboos AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Farnham-Horsethief AreaLevel 5 (Child)
                 Central Purcell MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 Southern Canada Purcell MountainsLevel 5 (Child)
                 United States Purcell MountainsLevel 5 (Child)

Major Peaks of the Purcell Mountains

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange5
1.Mount Farnham349311,460Farnham-Horsethief Area
2.Mount Jumbo343711,276Farnham-Horsethief Area
3.Howser Spire341211,194Bugaboos Area
4.Karnak Mountain341111,191Farnham-Horsethief Area
5.Mount Delphine340611,175Farnham-Horsethief Area
6.Mount Hammond338711,112Farnham-Horsethief Area
7.Commander Mountain337111,060Farnham-Horsethief Area
8.South Howser Spire336411,037Bugaboos Area
9.Eyebrow Peak336211,030Farnham-Horsethief Area
10.Mount Peter335711,014Farnham-Horsethief Area
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 NamemftRange5
1.Mount Farnham349311,460Farnham-Horsethief Area
2.Howser Spire341211,194Bugaboos Area
3.Mount Findlay318110,436Central Purcell Mountains
4.Syncline Mountain30049856Northern Purcell Mountains
5.Peak 235923597740Southern Canada Purcell Mountains
6.Northwest Peak23487705United States Purcell Mountains

Photos of Peaks in the Purcell 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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