Alaska is a treasure of natural beauty. This piece of land that the USA bought from Russia is one of most scenic states of the USA. There are many glaciers, volcanoes and mountains in Alaska. All these add to the beauty of Alaska, especially the mountains which are some of the highest peaks in America. Here are 7 beautiful Alaskan peaks that if climbed, present the Mother Nature in all its glory to you:
7. Mount Marcus Baker:
Mount Marcus Baker is located 75 miles from Anchorage. This peak is very near to the sea and is ranked highly in terms of topographic prominence. It is the highest peak of the Chugach Mountains. It was initially called Mount Saint Agnes by James W. Bagley who named it after his wife and added the saint in the hope that it will help the name stick. But later the name was changed to honor Marcus Baker who was a geologist and cartographer. It is a tough peak to summit because of unpredictable weather and the remoteness of location.
6. Mount Hayes:
Mount Hayes is one of the largest peaks in the United States because of the way it rises suddenly above the local terrain. The Northeast Face rises more than 8,000 feet in just 2 miles. It is the highest mountain in the Eastern Alaskan Range and is not climbed frequently because of the difficult approach and relative remoteness. It was climbed for the first time by Bradford Washburn in 1941. The remoteness of this peak makes it a breathtaking place to visit.
5. Mount Bear:
Mount Bear is a lesser known peak of the Saint Elias Mountains of Alaska. It is situated about 4 miles from the Yukon border in the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park. It is one of the top 20 highest peaks in the USA but it is still not visited very often due to more popular peaks in its neighborhood. There are glaciers on both sides and the peak rises impressively on both sides. It’s another scenic spot because of its relative unfamiliarity.
4. Mount Bona:
Mount Bona is the highest volcano in the United States and the 4th highest in North America. It is a dormant volcano covered by ice which feeds ice to the Klutlan Glacier which ends up in the Yukon Territory of Canada. It is one of the highest mountains of Saint Elias Mountain Range. It is about 80 miles from Mount Saint Elias, while climbing which Prince Luigi Amedeo sighted it for the first time in 1897. He named it Bona after his racing Yacht.
3. Mount Fairweather:
One of the most beautiful Alaskan peaks, Mount Fairweather was named apparently for unusually fair weather but since it’s naming it has come to be known for harsh weather. It is located just 20 miles from the Pacific Ocean and is located at the border of Alaska with Canada. It is also sometimes called Boundary Peak 164. It is among the highest coastal mountains in the world at 4,671 meters. The coast and the awe inspiring peak next to it is a grand view that very few people have enjoyed because of the not so fair weather at the top.
2. Mount Blackburn:
Mount Blackburn is located in the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and is the highest peak in the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska. It was named in 1885 after Joseph Clay Stiles Blackburn, a Senator from Kentucky. It is the 5th highest peak in the USA and the 12th highest in North America. It is a dormant volcano and the second highest volcano in United States. It gives birth to many glaciers on all sides. It is a very splendid view because of the sudden rise from the icefields and is the 50th most prominent mountain in the world.
1. Mount McKinley:
Mount McKinley is the highest mountain in North America at an elevation of 6,168 meters. It is the third most prominent peak in the world after Mount Everest and Aconcagua in Argentina. This mountain is also called Denali which means “The High One” and sits in the center of Denali National Park and Preserve. It was first sighted in 1794 and the first successful summit ascent was in 1913 although Frederick Cook unsuccessfully claimed the first ascent in 1906. It is a truly majestic peak and part of the most gorgeous national parks in the USA.