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Alaska Borough/Census Area High Points

Showing Edward Earl's first ascent dates for climbed peaks (4 out of 29, or 13.79%)

RankBorough/Census AreaPeak Elev-Ft
Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft
Ascent Date
1.DenaliDenali20,310West-Central Alaska Range20,1792004-06-04
2.SkagwaySkagway High Point8239Boundary Ranges24392008-06-17
3.Kenai PeninsulaMount Torbert11,413Tordrillo Mountains87132013-05-26
4.NomeMount Osborn4714Seward Peninsula Ranges43892014-08-10
 KusilvakKusilvak Census Area High Point2905Nulato Hills1855 
 Bristol BayBristol Bay High Point1061Alaska Peninsula Ranges586 
 YakutatMount Saint Elias18,008Southern Icefield Ranges11,315 
 Valdez-CordovaMount Bona16,600Northern Saint Elias Mountains7000 
 Hoonah-AngoonMount Fairweather15,325Fairweather Range13,028 
 Matanuska-SusitnaMount Hunter14,573West-Central Alaska Range4673 
 Southeast FairbanksMount Hayes13,832Hayes Range11,532 
 PetersburgKates Needle10,016Boundary Ranges4570 
 BethelMount Hesperus9828West Alaska Range7028 
 Aleutians EastShishaldin Volcano9414Aleutian Islands9414 
 Lake and PeninsulaLake and Peninsula High Point9300Northwest Aleutian Range200 
 North SlopeMount Isto8976Eastern Brooks Range7926 
 JuneauDevils Paw8507Boundary Ranges5620 
 Northwest ArcticMount Igikpak8276Schwatka Mountains6176 
 HainesMount Nesselrode8117Boundary Ranges3064 
 AnchorageBashful Peak8005Chugach Mountains5275 
 Yukon-KoyukukYukon-Koyukuk High Point7770West Alaska Range3170 
 Ketchikan GatewayMount John Jay7507Boundary Ranges1962 
 Kodiak IslandMount Denison-East Slope7600Alaska Peninsula Ranges200 
 WrangellCastle Mountain7333Boundary Ranges1985 
 Prince of Wales-HyderMonument 15A7073Boundary Ranges0 
 Aleutians WestMount Vsevidof7051Aleutian Islands7051 
 Fairbanks North StarWest Point5865East Central Alaska2965 
 SitkaBaranof Island High Point5390Alexander Archipelago5390 
 DillinghamDillingham High Point5250Kuskokwim Mountains4500 
 Dillingham or Togiak High Point5300Kuskokwim Mountains2100 

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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.


  • 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


     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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