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View Poll Results: The following state has the most spectacular mountain range(s):
Colorado 27 17.09%
California 21 13.29%
Utah 7 4.43%
Wyoming 17 10.76%
Idaho 5 3.16%
Washington 24 15.19%
Alaska 45 28.48%
Hawaii 2 1.27%
other 10 6.33%
Voters: 158. You may not vote on this poll

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Old 01-05-2014, 09:22 PM
 
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In terms of the lower 48, Montana, by a long, long way. It has the three most intact ecosystems left in the lower 48.

The wilderness areas in Colorado don't get any bigger than 500k. In Montana, they go by the millions. You have protected low elevation river valleys and ridiculous peaks. Plus, grizzly bears. They held on in Montana, while Colorado wasn't wild enough to hold theirs. Tells you quite a bit about the rugged nature of the Montana landscape.
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:29 PM
 
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Gotta go with Montana. So many great choices though.
I love all of them, but Western Montana is the TOPS
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Old 01-05-2014, 09:33 PM
 
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The Olympic Mountains and the North Cascades are my favorite! Definitely 2 of the most breathtaking
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Old 01-06-2014, 08:34 AM
 
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The Olympic Mountains and the North Cascades are my favorite! Definitely 2 of the most breathtaking
I concur.

In the Lower 48 the Olympics Mountains, and North Cascades of Washington State are more comparable to the bigger ranges of the world. In terms of glaciers, and ruggedness I would have to go with Washington State.

That is why so many of the Americans who climb in the Himalyas and Andes go to the North Cascades first.

Of course Alaska is the best state for mountains though!! Nothing comapres to the ranges of Alaska in the U.S.
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Maybe the North Cascades, but the Olympics? They're not that rugged.
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Old 01-06-2014, 12:14 PM
 
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Maybe the North Cascades, but the Olympics? They're not that rugged.
True.

The Olympics are not as rugged as the Cascades. I only lumped them in with the Cascades because they are glaciated, and fairly impressive for being relatively low (less than 8K).

I am pretty sure the blue glacier on Mt. Olympus, is one of the lowest glaciers in the lower 48 (with maybe the exception of the Emmons Glacier on Mt. Raineir). The terminus is around a 1000 meters.
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:32 AM
 
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Lower 48: Montana.
Overall: Alaska
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Old 01-09-2014, 09:46 AM
 
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Maybe the North Cascades, but the Olympics? They're not that rugged.
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True.

The Olympics are not as rugged as the Cascades. I only lumped them in with the Cascades because they are glaciated, and fairly impressive for being relatively low (less than 8K).

I am pretty sure the blue glacier on Mt. Olympus, is one of the lowest glaciers in the lower 48 (with maybe the exception of the Emmons Glacier on Mt. Raineir). The terminus is around a 1000 meters.
The Olympics are fairly rugged in comparison to just about any range in the lower 48 outside the Cascades or High Sierra or the most rugged parts of the Rockies, despite the fact that they top out just below 8,000 feet. They're incredibly steep to hike through as well, of steep climbs to passes to get anywhere.

http://www.marietta.edu/~biol/biomes...ympic_5946.jpg

http://images.fineartamerica.com/ima...-mike-reid.jpg

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Old 01-09-2014, 10:01 AM
 
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I've never been to Alaska, but from the pictures I've seen it would be hard to argue with Alaska being the most spectacular (and that's the state I voted for). Among the lower 48 states (all of which I HAVE been to), I would have to vote for California, specifically the backcountry of Kings Canyon/Sequoia National Park and the John Muir Trail to Yosemite. Incredible.
Alaska and it's not even a contest. Mt McKinley (Denali) in the Alaska Range has the highest topographic prominence (height from base to summit) of any mountain in the WORLD, more than Mt Everest.

Mount McKinley - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...t_McKinley.jpg


Next would be California, Wyoming, Utah/Colorado.

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Old 01-09-2014, 10:05 AM
 
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Yeah Colorado in general doesn't really compare with the top 3 or so. It may have the most peaks, but it's peaks aren't that jagged/spectacular or that prominent. I think the mountains near LA are as spectacular as anything in the Colorado rockies.

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...Mountains2.jpg

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