Ptarmigan Peak (Alaska)

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Ptarmigan Peak
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Highest point
Elevation 4,911 ft (1,497 m) [1]
Coordinates 61°03′32″N 149°36′11″W / 61.059°N 149.603°W / 61.059; -149.603Coordinates: 61°03′32″N 149°36′11″W / 61.059°N 149.603°W / 61.059; -149.603
Parent range Chugach Mountains

Ptarmigan Peak is a 4,911-foot (1,497 m) mountain in the Chugach Mountains near Anchorage, Alaska. Its north face is extremely steep and is sometimes attempted by mountaineers.[2] Hikers generally reach the mountain's summit from the less steep southern side, often via the west ridge that begins at Ptarmigan Pass.[2][1] In winter, ski mountaineering is also possible on the mountain.[3]

In 1997, 14 members of a mountaineering expedition from the University of Alaska Anchorage (two instructors and twelve students) fell 1,000 feet down the mountain's north face.[4] Two people died, and 11 more were seriously injured.[4]


  1. ^ a b Woelber, Paxson. "Ptarmigan Peak". Retrieved February 15, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b Shane Shepherd& Owen Wozniak. 50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park. The Mountaineers Books (2001), p. 138.
  3. ^ Louis W. Dawson. Wild Snow. The Mountaineers Books (1998), p. 101.
  4. ^ a b American Alpine Club. Accidents in North American Mountaineering 1998. The Mountaineers Books (1998), p. 23.