Geologist Peaks

Mount Emmons 12,392′ Google Maps Google Earth

Samuel Franklin Emmons (Frank) headed one of the two geological teams on the King Survey of the 40th Parallel. He was appointed the first Director of the Rocky Mountain Division of the U.S. Geological Survey in 1879. His publication on the Geology and Mining of the Leadville District became world famous. He became the first President of the Colorado Scientific Society in 1883. More . . .

Emmons Mount Emmons
Hagues Peak 13,560′ Google Maps Google Earth

Arnold Hagueheaded one of the two geological teams on the King Survey of the 40th Parallel. The naming of this peak in the Mummy Range for him memorializes his contributions to our geological understanding of the West. More…

Arnold Hague 1840-1917 Hagues Peak
Mount Zirkel 12,180′ Google Maps Google Earth

Ferdinand Zirkel was a German geologist and petrographer (one who studies rocks under the microscope). Clarence King and Frank Emmons asked him to study the rocks collected by geologists on the survey of the 40th parallel. Zirkel examined thin sections of more than 2500 rocks. He also authored one of the volumes of the report on the findings of the survey of the 40th parallel. In appreciation, Clarence King, leader of the survey, named this mountain in the Park Range for him.

Ferdinand Zirkel 1838-1912 Mt_Zirkel
Braddock Peak 11,960′ Google Maps Google Earth

Bill Braddock taught field and structural geology at the University of Colorado in Boulder from 1958 to 1994. During his 36 years of teaching and research, he focused on investigating the complex geology of most of the mountains in north central Colorado, authoring or co-authoring nineteen geologic quadrangle maps, an area totaling more than 750 square miles. These maps and associated reports have been extremely valuable for land-use planning and mitigation of natural hazards, as well as for academic and recreational purposes. He left an unsurpassable legacy in deciphering the geology of this region. His former students and colleagues in the USGS petitioned to have this peak in the Never Summer Range named for him.

William Braddock 1912-2003 Braddock Peak credit: Dr. Fred Barnard
Mount Tweto 13,672′ Google Maps Google Earth

In James Michener’s book, Centennial, Ogden Tweto was referred to as “Mr. Rocky Mountain Geology”. He was Chief of the Southern Rocky Mountains Branch of the US Geological Survey during the 1960s and compiled the 1979 version of the Geologic Map of Colorado. His former colleagues in the US geological survey petitioned to have this mountain in the Mosquito Range named for him. More . . .

Ogden Tweto 1912-1983 Mt. Tweto credit: Vincent Matthews
Powell Peak 13,208′ Google Maps Google Earth
Mount Powell 13,534′ Google Maps Google Earth

John Wesley Powell is probably best known as the one-armed explorer of the Colorado River and Grand Canyon. His knowledge of the Grand Canyon and the West went far beyond the geology that he so loved. Powell truly understood the West and its potential for the future of America. He served as the second Director of the US Geological Survey from 1881-1894. Powell has two peaks in Colorado named for him, Powell Peak in Rocky Mountain National Park; and Mount Powell in the Gore Range which he climbed in 1868. More . . .

John Wesley Powell  1834-1902 Mt. Powell
Hayden Peak 12,130′ Google Maps Google Earth

Ferdinand Vendeveer Hayden headed the “Hayden Surveys” of Colorado, Wyoming, and New Mexico. These surveys during the 1870s produced the first statewide geological map of Colorado, as well as detailed maps (1:243,000) of the mountainous areas of the state. The famous, 19th-century photographer, William Henry Jackson, accompanied many of these surveys. More . . .

Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden  1828-1887 Hayden Peak 12,130'
Mount Richtofen 12,940′ Google Maps Google Earth

Clarence King, director of the 40th Parallel Survey, named this mountain in the Never Summer Range after Baron Ferdinand von Richthofen, a globetrotting German geologist. Educated in Berlin, von Richthofen began touring the world as a geographer and geologist in 1860 by joining a scientific outfit that explored Japan, Taiwan, Philippines, and Burma. He made his way to the United States in 1862 where he worked as a volunteer for six years in California with the King Survey of the 40th Parallel. He helped discover several gold deposits in California before returning to explore China and other places in Asia.

Richtofen Mt. Richtofen 12,940' credit: Vince Matthews
Lakes Peak 13,376′ Google Maps Google Earth

Arthur Lakes (1844-1917) was a notable geologist, artist, writer, teacher, and minister. He captured much of his geological and paleontological field work in sketches and watercolors. He was an assistant with the USGS for Emmons’ classic work on the Leadville Mining District. Lakes made the original discovery of the dinosaur fossils in the formation in Dinosaur Ridge near Morrison, Colorado. He is credited with successfully deciphering much of the geology of Colorado and, as an economic geologist, guiding mineral exploration which was so important to the State. He was a part-time professor at what later became the Colorado School of Mines where he founded the Mineral Museum and where the current Library is named for him. He edited a succession of geological and mining journals. His byline appears on over 800 newspaper and journal articles.

Arthur Lakes Lakes Peak 13,376'