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Alaska Borough/Census Area High Points

RankBorough/Census AreaPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft Ascent Date
1.DenaliMount McKinley20,320West-Central Alaska Range20,156 
2.YakutatMount Saint Elias18,008Southern Icefield Ranges11,184 
3.Valdez-CordovaMount Bona16,500Northern Saint Elias Mountains6800 
4.Hoonah-AngoonMount Fairweather15,325Fairweather Range12,963 
5.Matanuska-SusitnaMount Hunter14,573West-Central Alaska Range4623 
6.Southeast FairbanksMount Hayes13,832Hayes Range11,482 
7.Kenai PeninsulaMount Torbert11,413Tordrillo Mountains8663 
8.PetersburgKates Needle10,016Boundary Ranges4504 
9.BethelMount Hesperus9828West Alaska Range6928 
10.Aleutians EastShishaldin Volcano9414Aleutian Islands9414 
11.Lake and PeninsulaLake and Peninsula High Point9200Northwest Aleutian Range0 
12.North SlopeMount Chamberlin9020Eastern Brooks Range7920 
 North Slope or Mount Isto8975Eastern Brooks Range4175 
13.JuneauDevils Paw8507Boundary Ranges5554 
14.Northwest ArcticMount Igikpak8276Schwatka Mountains6076 
15.SkagwaySkagway High Point8239Boundary Ranges2339 
16.HainesMount Nesselrode8117Boundary Ranges2999 
17.AnchorageBashful Peak8005Chugach Mountains5275 
18.Yukon-KoyukukYukon-Koyukuk High Point7770West Alaska Range3070 
19.Ketchikan GatewayMount John Jay7507Boundary Ranges1962 
20.Kodiak IslandMount Denison-East Slope7500Alaska Peninsula Ranges0 
21.WrangellCastle Mountain7333Boundary Ranges1985 
22.Prince of Wales-HyderMonument 15A7073Boundary Ranges0 
23.Aleutians WestMount Vsevidof7051Aleutian Islands7051 
24.Fairbanks North StarWest Point5865East Central Alaska2865 
25.SitkaBaranof Island High Point5390Alexander Archipelago5390 
26.DillinghamDillingham High Point5250Kuskokwim Mountains4450 
 Dillingham or Togiak High Point5200Kuskokwim Mountains1900 
27.NomeMount Osborn4714Seward Peninsula Ranges4364 
28.Kuiu-West KupreanofKuiu Island High Point3542Alexander Archipelago3542 
29.Wade HamptonWade Hampton High Point2905Nulato Hills1805 
30.Bristol BayBristol Bay High Point1061Alaska Peninsula Ranges561 

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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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