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.
|Difficulty:||Major Mountain Expedition|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug|
|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|
There are 4 trip reports for Mount Sanford.
- Log #6902 - by Robert Tombs on Mar 16, 1999I 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 #6903 - by Jenna Snow on June 01, 2001I have climbed volcanoes before and this one was beautiful!
- Log #6904 - by Dr. Lutz Hollang on Jan 13, 1999route: 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...
- Log #20948 - by Joshua Smith on Aug 13, 2007A ski trip up the sheep glacier, nice outing, some bad weather. Overall a good trip.