Top 10 Beautiful Mountains to Visit in the USA

04/09/2022

The 10 Highest Mountains in the United States are all located in Alaska and are noted for their glacial settings and icy summits. Popular among mountain climbers and even just the casual tourist, these Mountains are beautiful landscapes for any trip. This article profiles these ten famous peaks.

1. Mount Whitney – California

Mount Whitney is the tallest mountain in the United States that isn’t located in Alaska. 

At 14,505 feet (4,421 meters), Mount Whitney is the tallest mountain in the continental United States and is a much sought after hike for day hikers as well as backpackers on the Pacific Crest Trail.

Mount Whitney is known as Too-man-i-goo-yah in the indigenous Paiute language. Located in the Sierra Nevada mountains of California, Mount Whitney is along the border of Sequoia National Park and the John Muir Trail. 

Mount Whitney – California

2. Mount Hunter – Alaska

 Mount Hunter is a 14,573 foot peak within Denali National Park. Located about eight miles away from Denali, Mount Hunter was named Begguya by the Dena’ina people. Begguya means ‘child of Denali.

Mount Hunter has a North Summit, which is considered the main summit, and a South Summit known as Mount Stevens after a former Alaska state senator. The first recorded ascent of Mount Hunter happened in 1954. 

Mount Hunter – Alaska

3. Mount Bear – Alaska

Mount Bear is 14,831 feet (4520 meters) tall and is located in the Wrangell-Saint Elias Mountains in Alaska, just four rugged miles away from the Canadian border. Mount Bear contributes ice to the Barnard Glacier and the Klutlan Glacier complexes. Mount Bear is a little-climbed peak often overlooked for mountaineering expeditions because of the nearby Mount Logan, Mount Bona, and Mount Lucania. 

Mount Bear – Alaska

 

4. Mount Hubbard – Alaska

Mount Hubbard is located in the Saint Elias Range and straddles the border of Alaska and the Yukon.

Rising 14,951 feet (4557 meters), Mount Hubbard was named in 1890 after Gardiner Hubbard, the first president of the National Geographic Society who sponsored the Russell Expedition to its flanks.

Mount Hubbard has three summits; the other two named summits are Mount Alverstone and Mount Kennedy.

Mount Hubbard – Alaska

5. Mount Fairweather – Alaska

Glacier Bay is one of the most popular tourist locations in Alaska, drawing millions of visitors each year to view the tidewater glaciers, wildlife, and remote beauty of this part of the world.

For thousands of years, indigenous Alaskans have lived at the foot of these mountains and glaciers. In the Tlingit language, Mount Fairweather is called Tsalxhaan or Tanaku, and the mountains between it and Mount Saint Elias are known as Tsalxhaan Yatx’i, or the Children of Tsalxhaan.

Mount Fairweather clocks in at 15,325 feet (4671 meters) and lies in Glacier Bay and the City and Borough of Yakutat in Alaska, and British Columbia in Canada. 

Mount Fairweather – Alaska

6. Mount Sanford – Alaska

Mount Sanford is another dormant shield volcano in the Wrangell Mountains. At 16,237 feet 4,949 meters) high, Mount Sanford is the third highest volcano in the United States.

The ice that comes from the mountain contributes to the aptly named Sanford Glacier.

The volcano hasn’t been active since before the historical record began in the 1700s; however, vapor, rock and ice fall from near the summit often look like smoke or ash rising from the summit. The first recorded ascent of the mountain occurred in 1938, and mountaineers continue to make Mount Sanford a go-to mountain for expeditions. 

Mount Sanford – Alaska

7. Mount Blackburn – Alaska

Mount Blackburn is an old, eroded shield volcano that tops out at 16,390 feet (4996 meters). Located in Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, it is the second highest volcano in the United States as well as the fifth highest mountain in the country.

Mount Blackburn is the main source of ice that flows into the Kennicott Glacier, which is a draw for visitors seeking out the mining ghost town of Kennecott and the jumping off point of McCarthy. The mountain also contributes ice to the Nabesna Glacier and the Kuskulana Glacier.

Mount Blackburn – Alaska

8. Mount Bona – Alaska

Mount Bona is a dormant stratovolcano located in the Saint Elias Mountains in eastern Alaska

At 16,550 feet (5,040 meters), Mount Bona is the highest volcano in the United States as well as the fourth highest mountain in the US. Mount Bona is also the fifth-highest independent peak in the United States.

Covered by glaciers and ice fields, the Klutlan Glacier flows into the Yukon Territory of Canada and is an important contributor to the Russell Glacier complex.

Mount Bona – Alaska

9. Mount Foraker – Alaska

On a clear day, Mount Foraker can be seen in tandem with Denali in the Alaska Range.

Mount Foraker is the third highest peak in the United States with an elevation of 17,400 feet (5304 meters).

The indigenous Dena’ina names for Mount Foraker are Sultana, meaning ‘the woman,’ or Menlale, meaning ‘Denali’s wife’ due to its close proximity to Denali.

Mount Foraker – Alaska

10. Mount Saint Elias – Alaska

Mount Saint Elias straddles the Alaska/Canadian border in the Saint Elias Mountain Range in northern southeast Alaska. At 18,009 feet (5,489 meters), it is the second highest mountain in the United States and in Canada behind Mount Logan.

Mount Saint Elias, on the US side is part of the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park and Preserve, the largest National Park in the United States. Nine of the 16 highest peaks in the United States are found in this National Park.

This mountain range is located near Glacier Bay, which has a high density of glaciers and icefields as well as tectonic and volcanic activity that has helped make this mountain range popular for modern and past exploration.

Mount Saint Elias – Alaska