Backbone Ranges

Range TypeMountain range with well-recognized name
Highest PointMount Nirvana (2773 m/9098 ft)
States/ProvincesNorthwest Territories (96%), Yukon Territory (4%)
(numbers are approximate percentage of range area)
Area74,832 sq km / 28,893 sq mi
Area may include lowland areas
Extent457 km / 284 mi North-South
600 km / 373 mi East-West
Center Lat/Long63° 5' N; 127° 10' W
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Map of Backbone Ranges
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Note: Range borders shown on map are an approximation and are not authoritative.
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Other Ranges: To go to pages for other ranges either click on the map above, or on range names in the hierarchy snapshot below, which show the parent, siblings, and children of the Backbone Ranges.
Mackenzie MountainsLevel 3 (Parent)
         Northwest Mackenzie MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Selwyn MountainsLevel 4 (Sibling)
         Backbone RangesLevel 4
         Canyon RangesLevel 4 (Sibling)

Major Peaks of the Backbone Ranges

Ten Highest Peaks
RankPeak NamemftRange5
1.Mount Nirvana27739098 
2.Mount Sir James MacBrien27599052 
3.Mount Savage27318960 
4.Sheepbed Peak27028865 
5.Hole in the Wall Peak26828799 
6.Backbone Peak26748773 
7.Wolf Fang26308629 
8.Mount Sidney Dobson2620+8596+ 
9.Parrot Beak Peak2620+8596+ 
10.Peak 260526058547 
Sub-peaks are excluded from this list. List may not be complete, since only summits in the PBC Database are included.

Photos of Peaks in the Backbone Ranges

Mount Nirvana
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The east face of Nirvana, seen from just above base camp during the successful 2016 overland expedition (June 2016). (2016-06-23). Photo by Eric Gilbertson.
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