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Alaska Borough/Census Area High Points

RankBorough/Census AreaPeak Elev-Ft
(Avg)
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
(Avg)
Ascent Date
1.Valdez-CordovaMount Bona16,550Northern Saint Elias Mountains6900 
2.Lake and PeninsulaLake and Peninsula High Point9250Northwest Aleutian Range100 
3.Kodiak IslandMount Denison-East Slope7550Alaska Peninsula Ranges100 
4.WrangellCastle MountainNullBoundary RangesNull 
4.Prince of Wales-HyderMonument 15ANullBoundary RangesNull 
4.Aleutians WestMount VsevidofNullAleutian IslandsNull 
4.Fairbanks North StarWest PointNullEast Central AlaskaNull 
4.SitkaBaranof Island High PointNullAlexander ArchipelagoNull 
4.DillinghamDillingham High PointNullKuskokwim MountainsNull 
 Dillingham or Togiak High Point5250Kuskokwim Mountains2000 
4.NomeMount OsbornNullSeward Peninsula RangesNull 
4.KusilvakKusilvak Census Area High PointNullNulato HillsNull 
4.Bristol BayBristol Bay High PointNullAlaska Peninsula RangesNull 
4.DenaliDenaliNullWest-Central Alaska RangeNull 
4.YakutatMount Saint EliasNullSouthern Icefield RangesNull 
4.North SlopeMount IstoNullEastern Brooks RangeNull 
4.JuneauDevils PawNullBoundary RangesNull 
4.Northwest ArcticMount IgikpakNullSchwatka MountainsNull 
4.SkagwaySkagway High PointNullBoundary RangesNull 
4.HainesMount NesselrodeNullBoundary RangesNull 
4.AnchorageBashful PeakNullChugach MountainsNull 
4.Yukon-KoyukukYukon-Koyukuk High PointNullWest Alaska RangeNull 
4.Ketchikan GatewayMount John JayNullBoundary RangesNull 
4.Hoonah-AngoonMount FairweatherNullFairweather RangeNull 
4.Matanuska-SusitnaMount HunterNullWest-Central Alaska RangeNull 
4.Southeast FairbanksMount HayesNullHayes RangeNull 
4.Kenai PeninsulaMount TorbertNullTordrillo MountainsNull 
4.PetersburgKates NeedleNullBoundary RangesNull 
4.BethelMount HesperusNullWest Alaska RangeNull 
4.Aleutians EastShishaldin VolcanoNullAleutian IslandsNull 

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List Description

This might just be the hardest list featured on this site--perhaps even tougher than the World 8000 meter peaks. There are about 20 high points here that require major expeditions to remote, icy, cold, technically difficult peaks. Denali is actually one of the easy ones, due to the infrastructure in place to handle the hordes of climbers and the relatively gentle slopes on the easiest route. Saint Elias, Fairweather, Hunter, and Hayes are all monster peaks, and then there are the notoriously hard Coast Range summits of Devil's Paw, Nesselrode, and Kate's Needle. Then there's stuff out on the Aleutian Peninsula/Islands, the Brooks Range, and so on. A climber's odds of getting killed while trying to do all these peaks is very considerable, due just to bad weather. Good luck with it!

Note that there are no counties in Alaska. The equivalent is the borough, and there are 18 of these areas that handle local government functions. The boroughs do not completely cover the state, though, and the U.S. Census Bureau has divided the remainder into 11 Census Areas, which have no governmental reality and and are used mainly for statistical reporting purposes. Compared to other states, the boroughs and census areas change often, and new incorporations or rulings by the census bureau could change the number or boundaries of these units, possibly changing this list. Potential completers should beware of these possible changes!

Two new boroughs were created in 2007 (Skagway) and 2008 (Wrangell). The Ketchikan-Gateway borough also expanded greatly in 2008, gaining a new high point.

Acknowledgements:

  • Personal research determined several of these peaks by 1990.
  • Book County High Points by Andy Martin; list compiled 1996 by Andy Martin.
  • Dave Covill and Jerry Brekhus helped me figure out the recent (2007-2008) changes in SE Alaska

Links

     Alaska County High Points

Selected Guidebook(s) for this List

       Alaska: A Climbing Guide (Wood, Coombs)

Caution: These books feature many of the peaks on this list, but may not have information on all of them.

 


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