|Range/Region:||Saint Elias Mountains|
|Best months for climbing:||Jun, Jul, Aug|
|Nearest major airport:||Whitehorse, Yukon|
|Convenient Center:||Haines Junction, Yukon|
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Mount Maxwell is located in Kluane National Park which is home to the the largest mountains in Canada, including the largest, Mount Logan, in the western section of the park. The 300 kilometer Saint Elias Range is the highest coastal range in the world, located in Southeastern Alaska and Southwestern Yukon Territory. The Saint Elias Range exceeds the Himalayas in vertical relief, with hundreds of sharp ice-clad peaks rising dramatically above sea-level glaciers. As part of the St. Elias Range, Mount Maxwell is situated at the southern head of the Slims River Valley, and at the present day toe of the 70 kilometer long Kaskawulsh Glacier. 8000 years ago the terminus of the Kaskawulsh Glacier was at Kluane Lake. The North Arm and South Arm of the Kaskawulsh Glacier merge at the western flank of Mount Maxwell before dropping their conveyor belt load of rock at the northern flank of Mount Maxwell. There are no easy climbing routes on Mount Maxwell as there are on its neighbors, Observation Mountain to the north and Vulcan Mountain to the northeast, both of which provide excellent vantages to view the Maxwell massif.
Directions: From the town of Haines Junction, Yukon Territory, drive the Alaska Highway north for 75 km to the Sheep Mountain Visitor Center which is at the bridge over the Slims River at Kluane Lake. There are trails heading up both the west and east sides of the Slims River, the east side being more primitive. Beware of grizzly bears and quicksand-like quagmires. Slim was an unfortunate horse that became stuck in the silty muck along the river's bank and perished.
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