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Unicorn Mountain

Unicorn Mountain
East aspect
Highest point
Elevation3,010 m (9,880 ft)[1]
Prominence100 m (330 ft)[1]
Parent peakAusterity Mountain (3,337 m)[1]
Isolation1.207 km (0.750 mi)[1]
ListingMountains of British Columbia
Coordinates51°44′38″N 117°55′16″W / 51.74389°N 117.92111°W / 51.74389; -117.92111[2]
Unicorn Mountain is located in British Columbia
Unicorn Mountain
Unicorn Mountain
Location of Unicorn Mountain in British Columbia
Unicorn Mountain is located in Canada
Unicorn Mountain
Unicorn Mountain
Unicorn Mountain (Canada)
ProvinceBritish Columbia
DistrictKootenay Land District[3]
Parent rangeAdamant Range
Selkirk Mountains
Topo mapNTS 82N12 Mount Sir Sandford[2]
Type of rockGranite

Unicorn Mountain is a 3,010-metre (9,880-foot) mountain in British Columbia, Canada.


Unicorn Mountain is part of the Adamant Range which is a subrange of the Selkirk Mountains.[3] It is located 83 km (52 mi) northwest of Golden along the west side of the Rocky Mountain Trench.[2] Unicorn Mountain is glaciated with the Granite Glacier on the east slope. Precipitation runoff and glacial meltwater from the mountain's east slopes drains to Swan Creek, whereas the west slope drains into Austerity Creek, and both are tributaries of the Columbia River. Topographic relief is significant as the summit rises 1,510 metres (4,954 ft) above Austerity Creek in 4 km (2.5 mi). Unicorn Mountain is located west of the Bill Putnam hut which makes the mountain's slopes an excellent ski mountaineering destination.[4] The mountain's descriptive toponym was officially adopted on March 4, 1965, by the Geographical Names Board of Canada.[2]


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Unicorn Mountain is located in a subarctic climate zone with cold, snowy winters, and mild summers.[5] Winter temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C.

See also


  1. ^ a b c d "Unicorn Mountain - 9,875' BC". Retrieved 2023-09-07.
  2. ^ a b c d "Unicorn Mountain". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2023-09-07.
  3. ^ a b "Unicorn Mountain". BC Geographical Names. Retrieved 2023-09-07.
  4. ^ Chic Scott, Summits and Icefields: Columbia Mountains, Rocky Mountain Books Ltd, 2003, ISBN 9781894765473, p. 54.
  5. ^ Peel, M. C.; Finlayson, B. L. & McMahon, T. A. (2007). "Updated world map of the Köppen−Geiger climate classification". Hydrol. Earth Syst. Sci. 11: 1633–1644. ISSN 1027-5606.
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