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Alaska Borough/Census Area High Points

RankBorough/Census AreaPeak Elev-M Range (Level 4) Prom-M Ascent Date
1.DenaliMount McKinley6194West-Central Alaska Range6144 
2.YakutatMount Saint Elias5489Southern Icefield Ranges3409 
3.Valdez-CordovaMount Bona5029Northern Saint Elias Mountains2072 
4.Hoonah-AngoonMount Fairweather4671Fairweather Range3951 
5.Matanuska-SusitnaMount Hunter4442West-Central Alaska Range1409 
6.Southeast FairbanksMount Hayes4216Hayes Range3500 
7.Kenai PeninsulaMount Torbert3479Tordrillo Mountains2641 
8.PetersburgKates Needle3053Boundary Ranges1373 
9.BethelMount Hesperus2996West Alaska Range2112 
10.Aleutians EastShishaldin Volcano2869Aleutian Islands2869 
11.Lake and PeninsulaLake and Peninsula High Point2804Northwest Aleutian Range  
12.North SlopeMount Isto2761Eastern Brooks Range2426 
13.JuneauDevils Paw2593Boundary Ranges1693 
14.Northwest ArcticMount Igikpak2523Schwatka Mountains1852 
15.SkagwaySkagway High Point2511Boundary Ranges713 
16.HainesMount Nesselrode2474Boundary Ranges914 
17.AnchorageBashful Peak2440Chugach Mountains1608 
18.Yukon-KoyukukYukon-Koyukuk High Point2368West Alaska Range935 
19.Ketchikan GatewayMount John Jay2288Boundary Ranges598 
20.Kodiak IslandMount Denison-East Slope2286Alaska Peninsula Ranges0 
21.WrangellCastle Mountain2235Boundary Ranges605 
22.Prince of Wales-HyderMonument 15A2156Boundary Ranges0 
23.Aleutians WestMount Vsevidof2149Aleutian Islands2149 
24.Fairbanks North StarWest Point1788East Central Alaska874 
25.SitkaBaranof Island High Point1643Alexander Archipelago1643 
26.DillinghamDillingham High Point1600Kuskokwim Mountains1356 
 Dillingham or Togiak High Point1585Kuskokwim Mountains579 
27.NomeMount Osborn1437Seward Peninsula Ranges1330 
28.Wade HamptonWade Hampton High Point885Nulato Hills550 
29.Bristol BayBristol Bay High Point323Alaska Peninsula Ranges171 

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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. McKinley (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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