Mount Hunter

Photo of Mount Hunter
Photo uploaded by Frans Kerren

Mount Hunter is located immediately south of Denali (20,322 ft.), just east of the Kahiltna Glacier, which is the starting point for climbs up the West Buttress of McKinley. Hunter's native name is Begguya, which means Child (of Denali). Hunter boasts three summits, separated by a large icefield. Though the main summit is comparable in height to peaks in the lower 48 states, Mount Hunter is a much more serious mountain. Its long ridges are heavily corniced, and sheer 5,000 foot faces send frequent avalanches and icefalls plunging to the glaciers below.

Elevation (feet): 14,573
Elevation (meters): 4,442
Continent: North America
Country: United States
Range/Region: Alaska Range
State: Alaska
Latitude: 62.9508
Longitude: -151.089
Difficulty: Basic Snow/Ice Climb
Best months for climbing: Apr, May, Jun
Year first climbed: 1954
First successful climber(s): Heinrich Harrer, Fred Beckey, Henry Meybohm
Nearest major airport: Anchorage, Alaska
Convenient Center: Talkeetna, Alaska

Trip Reports

There are 10 trip reports for Mount Hunter.

  • Log #3179 - by Todd Deis on Aug 29, 20033.00 stars
    Matt Howard and I flew into the thunder glacier on March 10 1995 to make a winter ascent of the south west ridge. That night it was 50- and a 15 mph wind was coming down glacier from the awesome...
  • Log #3180 - by Todd Deis on Aug 30, 20033.00 stars
    Matt Howard and I flew into the thunder glacier on March 10 1995 to make a winter ascent of the south west ridge. That night it was 50- and a 15 mph wind was coming down glacier from the awesome...
  • Log #3181 - by Todd Deis on Aug 31, 20033.00 stars
    Matt Howard and I flew into the thunder glacier on march 10 1995 to make a winter ascent of the south west ridge. That night it was 50- and a 15 mph wind was coming down glacier from the awesome...
  • Log #3182 - by Todd Deis on Sep 01, 20033.00 stars
    Matt Howard and I flew into the thunder glacier on march 10 1994 to make a winter ascent of the south west ridge. That night it was 50- and a 15 mph wind was coming down glacier from the awesome...
  • Log #3183 - by Andrew McLean on Sep 02, 20033.00 stars
    Climbed and skied via the Ramen Couloir to the West Ridge. 16.5 hours round trip. Photos/details at: http://www.pawprince.
  • Log #3184 - by Frans Kerren on Feb 11, 20033.00 stars
    When I was searching at the Internet I found the Mnt Hunter Summit Log. I was very surprise! In June 1983 5 other Dutchman and I reach the summit off the Mnt.Hunter We climbed the West Ridge via the...
  • Log #3186 - by Paul Figg on June 05, 20013.00 stars
    Established a new route 'The Prey' adjecent to Diamond Arete on the South side of the East Ridge before continuing up the East Ridge and descending the West Ridge to Kahiltna BC. 10 days on the...
  • Log #3187 - by Lara Bitenieks on Dec 21, 20003.00 stars
    Super classic route. Must do!
  • Log #3189 - by Mark Westman/Joe Puryear on Feb 03, 20003.00 stars
    We had great snow conditions and made the climb in 3 days from Kahiltna Base to the summit. On the descent, we downclimbed 3500 feet of steep snow in a long couloir to reach the glacier valley south...
  • Log #3190 - by Gordy Kito on Nov 27, 19993.00 stars
    Climbed the west ridge after it had already been both climbed and downclimbed. Five days round trip. Gear should include six screws, four pickets, a couple a flukes, some medium sized stoppers. Ya...