Fake Peak

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Fake Peak
Cook's claimed photograph of the summit of Denali, actually taken at Fake Peak
Highest point
Elevation5,338 ft (1,627 m)
LocationDenali National Park and Preserve, Alaska, United States

Fake Peak is a small outcrop on a ridge beside the Ruth Glacier in Denali National Park and Preserve in Alaska, USA, 19 miles southeast of the summit of Denali. It has been shown by Robert M. Bryce that the "summit photograph" produced by Frederick Cook as evidence supporting his claim to have made the first ascent of Denali was in fact taken on Fake Peak.[1] At 5,338 feet (1,627 m), this is almost 15,000 feet (4,600 m) lower than the true summit of Denali.


  1. ^ Robert M. Bryce, "Dr. Cook - Mt. McKinley Controversy Closed", DIO, Vol. 7, Nos. 2-3, December 1997,ISSN 1041-5440

Coordinates: 62°54′17.5″N 150°30′22″W / 62.904861°N 150.50611°W / 62.904861; -150.50611