Wrangell Mountains

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Wrangell Mountains
Mount Wrangell as seen from the southwest in 1987
Highest point
PeakMount Blackburn
Elevation16,390 ft (4,996 m) [1]
Coordinates61°43′54″N 143°25′59″W / 61.73167°N 143.43306°W / 61.73167; -143.43306
Wrangell Mountains.jpg
CountryUnited States
Range coordinates61°48′N 143°30′W / 61.800°N 143.500°W / 61.800; -143.500Coordinates: 61°48′N 143°30′W / 61.800°N 143.500°W / 61.800; -143.500
Parent rangeYukon Ranges
Borders onSaint Elias Mountains and Chugach Mountains

The Wrangell Mountains are a high mountain range of eastern Alaska in the United States. Much of the range is included in Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preserve; 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 range takes its name from Mount Wrangell, which is one of the largest andesite shield volcanoes in the world, and also the only presently active volcano in the range; the Wrangell Mountains comprise most of the Wrangell Volcanic Field, which also extends into the neighboring Saint Elias Mountains and the Yukon Territory in Canada.

The Wrangell Mountains are just to the northwest of the Saint Elias Mountains and northeast of the Chugach Mountains, which are along the coast of the Gulf of Alaska; these ranges have the combined effect of blocking the inland areas from warmer moist air over the Pacific Ocean. The inland areas to the north of the Wrangell Mountains are therefore among the coldest areas of North America during the winter.

Major peaks[edit]

Mount Sanford
Hikers on a pass between Mt. Sanford and Mt. Drum

The Wrangell Mountains include 12 of the 40+ Alaskan peaks over 13,000 feet (4,000 m) (see fourteeners and thirteeners):

Other prominent mountains include:

Name origin and references in popular culture[edit]

The mountains are named after explorer, president of Russian-American Company, and admiral Ferdinand von Wrangel. American folk singer John Denver wrote a song, "The Wrangell Mountain Song", in reference to the range.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "Mount Blackburn, Alaska". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved December 30, 2015.

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