As the sun sets in the west, clouds roll over the Enchantment Mountain range. At 9,415 ft, Mt. Stuart's tip rises above the clouds and reflects on the golden glow of the fading sunlight.
Mount Stuart is a mountain in the Cascade Range in the U.S. state of Washington. It is the second-highest non-volcanic peak in the state, after Bonanza Peak and seventh-highest overall; Mount Stuart is the highest peak in the Stuart Range, and it is located in the central part of the Washington Cascades, south of Stevens Pass and east of Snoqualmie Pass in the Alpine Lakes Wilderness.
Mount Stuart is more notable for its local relief than its absolute elevation. For example, the south face rises 5,000 feet (1,500 m) in just 2 horizontal miles (3.2 km). The northeast and northwest sides of the mountain exhibit similar steep relief. Due to its location away from higher peaks, Mount Stuart has a topographic prominence of 5,354 feet (1,632 m), making it the sixth most prominent in the state. The rock of Mount Stuart is rugged due to the extensive jointing of the granite. The north slopes of the mountain shelter three glaciers - Stuart, Ice Cliff and Sherpa Glaciers from west to east.
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