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Alaska Borough/Census Area High Points

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RankBorough/Census AreaPeak Elev-Ft Range (Level 4) Prom-Ft AscentsAscent Date
1.DenaliDenali20,310West-Central Alaska Range20,1463012017-11-17 b
2.Matanuska-SusitnaMount Hunter14,573West-Central Alaska Range462392017-11-17 c
 Southeast FairbanksMount Hayes13,832Hayes Range11,4823 
 ChugachMount Marcus Baker - Southwest Slope12,100Chugach Mountains00 
 Kenai PeninsulaMount Torbert11,413Tordrillo Mountains86638 
 PetersburgKates Needle10,016Boundary Ranges45051 
 BethelMount Hesperus9828West Alaska Range69280 
 Aleutians EastShishaldin Volcano9414Aleutian Islands94140 
 Lake and PeninsulaLake and Peninsula High Point9200Northwest Aleutian Range00 
 North SlopeMount Isto8976Eastern Brooks Range78760 
 JuneauDevils Paw8507Boundary Ranges55541 
 Northwest ArcticMount Igikpak8276Schwatka Mountains60762 
 SkagwaySkagway High Point8239Boundary Ranges23393 
 HainesMount Nesselrode8117Boundary Ranges29990 
 AnchorageBashful Peak8005Chugach Mountains527535 
 Yukon-KoyukukYukon-Koyukuk High Point7770West Alaska Range30700 
 Ketchikan GatewayMount John Jay7507Boundary Ranges19620 
 Kodiak IslandMount Denison - East Slope7500Alaska Peninsula Ranges00 
 WrangellCastle Mountain7333Boundary Ranges19850 
 Prince of Wales-HyderMonument 15A7073Boundary Ranges00 
 Aleutians WestMount Vsevidof7051Aleutian Islands70510 
 Fairbanks North StarWest Point5865East Central Alaska28652 
 SitkaBaranof Island High Point5390Alexander Archipelago53900 
 DillinghamDillingham High Point5250Kuskokwim Mountains44500 
 Dillingham or Togiak High Point5200Kuskokwim Mountains19000 
 NomeMount Osborn4714Seward Peninsula Ranges436411 
 KusilvakKusilvak Census Area High Point2905Nulato Hills18050 
 Bristol BayBristol Bay High Point1061Alaska Peninsula Ranges5615 
 YakutatMount Saint Elias18,008Southern Icefield Ranges11,1845 
 Copper RiverMount Bona16,500Northern Saint Elias Mountains68709 
 Hoonah-AngoonMount Fairweather15,325Fairweather Range12,96321 

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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 19 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 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. In 2019 the old Valdez-Cordova Census Area was split into new Chugach and Copper River Census Areas.


  • 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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