Alaska Nature April 20, 2018
The One Breathtaking Mountain Range In Alaska You Simply Have To Experience
The Wrangell Mountains are one of Alaska’s most stunning mountain ranges and a wonderful place to plan an adventure in the upcoming months. Located almost entirely in the Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve in Eastern Alaska, the Wrangell’s are a high mountain range, volcanic in origin. This makes for striking peaks and breathtaking vistas. Head to the Wrangell Mountains in Alaska for adventure and explore this under-visited part of Alaska.
The Wrangell Mountains are to the northwest of the Saint Elias Mountains and northeast of the Chugach Mountains. The range was named after explorer, president of Russian-American Company, and admiral Ferdinand von Wrangel.
The highest peak in the range is Mount St. Elias standing at 18,008 feet. It is the second highest mountain in both Alaska and Canada.
The Wrangell Mountains are almost entirely volcanic in origin, and they include the second and third highest volcanoes in the United States, Mount Blackburn and Mount Sanford.
The Wrangell Volcanic Field spreads over 2,000 square miles is made up of thousands of lava flows and some of the highest peaks in North America, including Mount Wrangell, one of the largest (by volume) active volcanoes in the world.
The peaks of the Wrangells include Mount Blackburn, Mount Sanford, Mount Wrangell, Atna Peaks, Regal Mountain, Mount Jarvis, Parka Peak, Mount Zanetti, and Mount Drum.
Mt. Drum is 12,000 feet high and is a stratovolcano just inside the national park and was active between 650,000 and 240,000 years ago.
The Wrangell Mountains Center is just a few minutes from the toe of the Kennicott Glacier. The center is a place for students, writers, artists, scientists, travelers, and local citizens to learn about the mountains.
The Kennecott Mine lies in this range, a fascinating piece of Alaska's history. This well-preserved historic mine is great for a day, or longer, of exploring — both the mine and the many glaciers in the area.
The namesake of the range is Mount Wrangell, which is one of the largest andesite shield volcanoes in the world.
American folk singer John Denver wrote a song, "The Wrangell Mountain Song," about these beautiful mountains. Head to the staggering Wrangell Mountains for the fresh air, scenic vistas and gorgeous mountains.
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