A cotton candy sunset over Electric Peak

Electric Peak is the tallest mountain in the Gallatin Range and rises to 10,969 feet.

Electric Peak got its name during the first climb in 1872 by the United States Geological Survey. Members of the Hayden Survey led by Henry Gannett experienced electrical discharges from their hands and hair after a lightning strike on the summit.

The best way to see Electric Peak is by hiking its trail, which is a 20.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail. It’s not an easy hike. If you are an experienced hiker, you could do it in a day, but for most folks, plan on a 2 or 3 day hiking and camping adventure.

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The U.S. Geological Survey in camp at Red Buttes.
Figures are 1. F.V. Hayden, U.S. Geologist in Charge, 2. James Stevenson, 3. H.W. Elliot, 4. S.R. Gifford, guest, 5. J.H. Beaman, 6. C.S. Turnbull, 7 and 8. cooks, 9. Cyrus Thomas, 10. H.D. Schmidt, 11. C.P. Carrington, 12. L.A. Bartlett, 13. Raphael, hunter, 14. A.L. Ford, 15. W.H. Jackson. Natrona County, Wyoming., 8/24/1870

Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942, Photographer.  Series: Hayden Survey, William H. Jackson, Photographs, 1869 - 1878Record Group 57: Records of the U.S. Geological Survey, 1839 - 2008

Find more of William Jackson’s photos from the Hayden Survey in the National Archives Catalog