Mount Marcus Baker

Coordinates: 61°26′16″N 147°45′02″W / 61.4377778°N 147.7505556°W / 61.4377778; -147.7505556
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Mount Marcus Baker
Mt. Marcus Baker centered at top
Highest point
Elevation13,176 ft (4,016 m) NGVD 29[1]
Prominence10,726 ft (3,269 m)[1]
Isolation204 km (127 mi) Edit this on Wikidata
Coordinates61°26′16″N 147°45′02″W / 61.4377778°N 147.7505556°W / 61.4377778; -147.7505556[2]
Mount Marcus Baker is located in Alaska
Mount Marcus Baker
Mount Marcus Baker
Location in Alaska
LocationMatanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, U.S.
Parent rangeChugach Mountains
Topo mapUSGS Anchorage B-3 Quadrangle
First ascent1938 by Norman Bright, Peter Gabriel, Norman Dyhrenfurth, Bradford Washburn
Easiest routeSnow/ice climb (Alaska grade 2)

Mount Marcus Baker (Ahtna: Ts'itonhna Dghilaaye’; Dena'ina: Ch'atanhtnu Dghelaya) is the highest peak of the Chugach Mountains of Alaska. It is located approximately 75 miles (121 km) east of Anchorage. This peak is very prominent because of its proximity to tidewater and is only 12 miles (19 km) north of the calving face of Harvard Glacier. Mount Marcus Baker is ranked 67th in the world when measured by topographic prominence.


Mount Marcus Baker was originally called "Mount Saint Agnes"; according to Bradford Washburn, James W. Bagley of the USGS named it after his wife Agnes, adding the "Saint" in hopes of making the name stick. The name was later changed to honor a cartographer and geologist named Marcus Baker.[3]

The peak was first climbed on June 19, 1938 by a party led by famed explorer Bradford Washburn; the climb took almost two months owing to weather delays. Today's standard route is the North Ridge. Despite being much lower in elevation than Denali, Marcus Baker is a similarly serious ascent, due to the remoteness of the peak and resulting length of the approach and climb.[3] A number of noted climbers have perished or sustained permanent injury in attempting to summit the peak as climbing conditions can change rapidly as storms arise. In early 1988, a State of Alaska Fish and Game biologist, 28-year-old Sylvia Jean Lane, succumbed to hypothermia as a two-day storm separated her from the two others in the climbing party attempting to dash to the top in a winter ascent.

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  1. ^ a b "Mount Marcus Baker, Alaska". Retrieved 2013-01-19.
  2. ^ "Mount Marcus Baker". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior. Retrieved 2013-01-19.
  3. ^ a b Michael Wood and Colby Coombs, Alaska: A Climbing Guide, The Mountaineers, 2001.

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Mt. Marcus Baker is the highest point in the distance left of center