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Photo: Syncline Mountain from near the confluence of the Castle and West Castle Rivers

Syncline Mountain

  • 2441 m (8,009ft)
  • Naming History
49.3478N -114.459W
Located in the West Castle River Valley northwest of Syncline Brook and south and west of Gardiner Creek

Province: Alberta
Headwater: Oldman
Visible from Highway: 774
Year Named: 1917
Named by: Interprovincial Boundary Survey
Named for: The word syncline is a geologic term which refers to rock layers which have been folded in such a manner that the beds have been forced down in the middle so as to form a trough.

The surveyors noted in their report that the mountain was named after, "a very apparent physical feature." The word syncline is a geologic term which refers to rock layers which have been folded in such a manner that the beds have been forced down in the middle so as to form a trough.

The mountain is has three high points and forms a horseshoe that contains the headwaters of Suicide Creek which flows out towards the northeast.

A ridge form the centre highpoint connects Syncline Mountain with St. Eloi Mountain on the continental divide.

Looking east to Syncline Mountain from Mount St. Eloi (courtesy Linda Breton)

Photo: Syncline Mountain from near the confluence of the Castle and West Castle Rivers (courtesy Ed Michalski)

Looking east to Syncline Mountain from Mount St. Eloi (courtesy Linda Breton)

Looking northeast to Syncline Mountain from Gravenstafel Ridge (courtesy Linda Breton)

Looking southwest to Syncline Mountain from Carbondale Lookout (courtesy Sonny Bou)