The Chugach Range forms a 300-mile crescent located just outside the town of Valdez, Alaska, east of Anchorage and west of the Wrangell Mountains. The climate of the Chugach crest is strongly influenced by its position so near the coast, and more snow falls here than in any other location in the world, over 600 annual inches. The mountains are thickly forested with Western Hemlock and Sitka Spruce. The peaks in the western half of the range originally attracted little attention from mountaineers because of their relatively low elevations, averaging less than 7,000 feet. Because of their nearness to populated areas, however, their popularity has increased in recent times. Since 1991, the World Extreme Skiing Championships have been held in the range, an annual Spring event in which skiers challenge the steep, rugged, undeveloped slopes.
The highest peaks of the Chugach are located in the central to west-central portions of the range, which extends to the Tana River, Tana Glacier, and the Bering Glacier. The highest of these is Mount Marcus Baker (13,176 ft./4016 m).
Peaks of Chugach Mountains
Check out any of the following peaks for additional information:
- Flattop - 3500 ft./1067 m.
- Hilltop - 894 ft./272 m.
- Lazy Mountain - 3763 ft./1147 m.
- Matanuska Peak (Byers Peak) - 6119 ft./1865 m.
- Meteorite Mountain - 6565 ft./2001 m.
- Mount Alyeska - 3939 ft./1201 m.
- Mount Billy Mitchell - 7217 ft./2200 m.
- Mount Goode - 10610 ft./3234 m.
- Mount Marcus Baker - 13176 ft./4016 m.
- Mt Baldy - 3281 ft./1000 m.
- Mt. Palmer - 6970 ft./2 m.
- North Suicide Peak - 5065 ft./1544 m.
- O'malley Peak - 5150 ft./1570 m.
- Peak 2 - 3658 ft./1114 m.
- Peak 3 - 3996 ft./1218 m.
- Peeking Mountain - 6925 ft./2111 m.
- Penguin Peak - 4305 ft./1312 m.
- Ptarmigan Peak - 4911 ft./1497 m.
- Rainbow Peak - 3543 ft./1080 m.
- Rendezvous Peak - 3825 ft./1166 m.
- South Suicide Peak - 5005 ft./1526 m.
- T'Kishla Peak - 5230 ft./1594 m.
- Twin Peaks - 5401 ft./1646 m.
- Valhalla - 12135 ft./3699 m.