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Ascent of Sukakpak Mountain on 1995-07-30

Climber: Richard Carey

Date:Sunday, July 30, 1995
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Sukakpak Mountain
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:4459 ft / 1359 m

Ascent Trip Report

Sukakpak Mountain, 4459 ft.
Map: Chandalar C-6, Scale: 1:63,360, Date: 1975
Peak UTM: 383550E, 7501080N, Zone 6
Sukakpak is an Eskimo name for "martin deadfall". The mountain is limestone and marble which is 375 million years old.

Sukakpak Mountain is the striking mountain often featured in BLM literature on the Dalton Highway. It is about one mile east of the Dalton Highway just south of the junction of the Bettles and Dietrich rivers at milepost 207. Start the hike by parking along the road at a pulloff at 203.1 miles. UTM coordinates for this point are: 381620E, 7500300N. The beautiful rugged west face of Sukakpak is worth a picture before you start the hike. Looking at the south slope one can see a gash caused by a landslide which makes a good ascent route to the south ridgeline. Head southeast across the marshland toward the gash and then follow it up the hillside. The half-mile road on the map shown going toward the mountain could not be found. You should reach the ridgeline at about the top of the treeline at UTM 383350E and 7499750N. One can follow this ridgeline on up, but it is easier to contour around the upper end of the creek drainage and go east across to the main ridgeline. Once on this ridge it can be followed up toward a peak south of the summit. Stay below and to the right of this peak by following sheep trails up to a view point along the ridge with views down the west face to the highway. From here there are easy slopes up to the top. The hike is 5 miles round-trip with an elevation gain of 3060 ft. Allow 3 to 3 1/2 hours for the ascent and 2 hours to return. 7/95 RLC


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