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Mike Collins
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PostThu May 31, 2007 2:49 pm 
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Beckey's CAG cites Silver Eagle Peak at elevation 6241' and points out an error on the Big Snow Mtn Quad that says "Bald Eagle is incorrectly marked at its location". Having climbed both I wrote them up for wta.org based upon Beckey's understanding. I may disagree with some of his route information but he always at a minimum gotten me on the right mountain. Jeff Howbert's popular Homecourt List matches the current USGS designation. This inconsistency has bugged me over the years. While atop what the USGS map indicates to be Bald Eagle I wondered just why it was that absolutely none of the snow that melts on Bald Eagle Peak drains into Bald Eagle Lake. So today I went to review the maps extant for that area at the Allen Library of UW. Beckey is right. The USFS map of Snoqualmie National Forest from 1917 shows the highpoint directly to the east of Lake Malachite to be Silver Eagle Peak. Bald Eagle Peak is not depicted and Bald Eagle Lake is absent. Maps at this time did not show topographical lines. Silver Eagle Peak is shown by hachures which are just short lines radiating out from a central point. This won't change a thing as once a map gives a name it becomes fact. But if anyone was wondering about the discrepancy therein lies the answer.
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PostThu May 31, 2007 7:27 pm 
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Thanks for the sleuthing.  Here's a picture.

from the Rock/Panorama side
from the Rock/Panorama side
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PostFri Jun 01, 2007 8:31 am 
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so someone made a mistake on the USGS map?

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PostSat Jun 02, 2007 7:50 pm 
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That is it exactly. I copied the maps and can show them to you sometime.
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