Mount Sanford

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Mount Sanford is an ice-covered volcano. It is the farthest north and most visible mountain of the Wrangell Range, its icy dome towering south of the Tok Cut-Off Highway. Mount McKinley (20,322 ft.), 230 miles west, has been reportedly sighted from Sanford's summit, which would make this one of the longest lines of sight possible on the surface of the earth, given the right atmospheric conditions.

The easiest way to reach the summit is by Sheep Glacier. It is rated at Alaska Grade I so shouldn't be very technical. It is 16.8 miles in length.

Elevation (feet): 16,237
Elevation (meters): 4,949
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Wrangell Mountains
State: Alaska
Latitude: 62.2139
Longitude: -144.129
Difficulty: Major Mountain Expedition
Best months for climbing: Jun, Jul, Aug
Volcanic status: Dormant
Most recent eruption: 1918
Year first climbed: 1938
First successful climber(s): Bradford Washburn, Terris Moore
Nearest major airport: Anchorage, Alaska
Convenient Center: Gulkana, Alaska

Trip Reports

NOTE: Trip reports were previously called "Summit Logs" - same feature, new name

There are 4 trip reports for Mount Sanford.

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  • Log #20948 - by Joshua Smith on Aug 13, 2007
    A ski trip up the sheep glacier, nice outing, some bad weather. Overall a good trip.
  • Log #6903 - by Jenna Snow on June 01, 2001
    I have climbed volcanoes before and this one was beautiful!
  • Log #6902 - by Robert Tombs on Mar 16, 1999
    I led a group of six climbers from University of Alaska in what I believe was the first winter ascent of Mount Sanford. We spent twelve days on the trip, sking in and out from the highway. We spent...
  • Log #6904 - by Dr. Lutz Hollang on Jan 13, 1999
    route: Sheep-Glacier from Windy-Ridge airstrip (3,800 feet); participants: Stephan Uhlemann (Heidelberg, Germany), Lutz Hollang (Dresden, Germany) conditions: July 11 - July 20 1998; 4 camps; 2...