Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36 Page 37 Page 38 Page 39 Page 40 Page 41 Page 42 Page 43 Page 448 DELTA JUNCTION GUIDE mountains panoramic peaks The Alaska Range extends 650 miles in an arc from Lake Iliamna at the southwest end to White River in Canada at the southeast end. The highest point of the Alaska Range is Mount Denali the highest peak on the North American continent at 20320 feet. The higher elevations of the mountains of the Alaska Range remain snow-covered throughout the summer months. The peaks of Granite Mountain are usually free of snow by early June. Gran- ite Mountain also in the Alaska Range is 5815 feet high and extends northwest 15 miles from Gerstle River 20 miles south- east of Delta. The local descriptive name was reported by the U.S. Geological Survey in 1949. Panoramic Peak reaching 5150 feet on the North Slope of Granite Moun- tain is 19 miles southeast of Delta. Shovel Point Horn a 5100-foot pinnacle on Gran- ite Mountain is near the head of Rhodes Creek 20 miles southeast of Delta. The lat- ter two were named by T.L. Pewe of the U.S. Geological Survey. Donnelly Dome with an elevation of 3910 feet is just west of the Richardson Highway 18 miles south of Delta Junction. The climb to the top of Donnelly is not easy but has been accomplished by many local residents. The Domes name was established in the 1920s and derived from the name of a highway worker. Prior to then it was called Delta Dome named after the Delta River. The mountains of the Alaska Range are sketched as they look from local vantage points. Mount Shand is 12600 feet at the head of Trident Glacier 10 miles southeast of Mount Hayes. It was named for William Shand Jr. 1918-46 reported to be one of a party of two that made the first ascent of nearby Mount Moffit on August 13 1941. Bradford Washburn proposed this name in 1949 to be applied to what is now called Mount Moffit. The present ap- plication of the name was suggested in 1961 by USGS to resolve the con- flict of two names applied to the same fea- ture. Mount Moffit at 13020 feet is near the head of Trident Glacier and 11 miles southeast of Mount Hayes. It was named in 1950 by the USGS for Fred Howard Moffit 1874-1958 who worked in Alaska for 40 years and authorized over 40 publications on Alaska geology and mining. It was first climbed by the Shand party. Aurora Peak rises to 10065 feet and is also near the head of Trident Glacier. It is 8.6 miles southeast of Mount Hayes. Mount Hayes at right is the tallest of the Alaska Range mountains visible from Delta Junction. It rises to 13832 feet at the head of Hayes Glacier 43 miles southwest of Delta. The peak was named in 1898 by W.J. Peters and A.H. Brooks USGS for Charles Willard Hayes geologist with USGS from 1887-1911. The first ascent of this mountain was made on August 1 1941. Hess Mountain is 11940 feet high. It is three miles east of Mount Deborah and 53 miles east of McKinley Park. The peak was reported by the USGS in 1912. Mount Deborah was named in 1907 by James Wickersham for his wife Deborah Bell Wickersham. This mountain is 12339 feet high and is 56 miles northeast of Cantwell and 55 miles SE of Healy. This content was provided courtesy of www. alaska-highway.org On a clear day... The mountains around the Delta area provide spectacular panoramas of scenic grandeur. One of the better viewing points is the turnout across from the Federal Aviation Administration facility halfway between Delta Junction and Fort Greely. A drive through the Clearwater area will also produce good views of surrounding peaks as will a short journey on the Richardson Highway south of Fort Greely. The mountains visible here are all part of the Alaska Range. COPYRIGHT BIRCH LEAF PHOTOGRAPHY