Alaska — Denali

Denali, at 20,310 feet, is the tallest mountain in North America and the tallest mountain north of 43°N latitude. Most people aren’t aware that it is also an extremely “prominent” mountain compared to the surrounding landscape. In fact, Denali rises 18,000 feet from its surrounding topography making it the 3rd most “prominent” and 3rd most “isolated” mountain in the world behind only Mount Everest in Nepal and Aconcagua in Argentina. The below photos also include the neighboring peaks of Mount Foraker (17,400 feet) and Mount Hunter (14,573 feet).

From our lodge, we had a view of Denali and the surrounding mountains. One evening, I stayed up for sunset over the mountains which is around 10:30 to 11:00 PM due to the high north latitude. I wasn’t disappointed (note that Denali is forming its own cloud over its summit; you can also faintly see the shadow of the summit angling up and right if you look carefully):

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