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Talkeetna Mountains

Talkeetna Mountains, from the Parks Highway

The Talkeetna Mountains (Dghelaay tahwt’aene in Alaska Highway 3 runs along the western side of the Talkeetna range, with the Alaska Range directly west. Alaska Highway 1, running along the southern front of the Talkeetna Mountains, lies mainly in a valley marking a tectonic divide between the Jurassic and Cretaceous rocks of the accretionary wedge, island-arc, and basement rocks in the Peninsular terrane (and other terranes forming the Talkeetna Mountains), and the Chugach Mountains in the Chugach terrane to the south. The range stretches as much as a hundred miles north to south.[1] Alaska Highway 8, seasonal and unpaved, passes over highlands rising to above 4,000 feet (1,200 m), north of the Talkeetnas.

Hatcher Pass, a seasonal highway pass across the southwestern corner of the range, provides views into the glaciated interior of the range, and is the location of Independence Mine State Historical Park.

The majority of the land is state-owned, and it is home to many large mammals including grizzly/brown bears, black bears, moose, caribou, wolves, wolverines, and Dall sheep.[2]

Notable Peaks

Troublemint and Doublemint Peaks
  • Sovereign Mountain (8849 ft.)[3]
  • White Knight Peak (8450 ft.)[3]
  • Tyrant's Tor (8150 ft.)[3]
  • Mount Apollo (7950 ft.)[3]
  • Mount Monarch (7108 ft.)[3]
  • Granite Peak (6729 ft.)[3]
  • Lava Mountain (6620 ft.)[3]
  • Gunsight Mountain (6441 ft.)[3]
  • Mount Watana (6255 ft.)[3]
  • Sheep Mountain (6223 ft.)[3]

Notable Glaciers

Gallery

See also

References

  1. ^ "Talkeenta Mountains". Peakbagger.com. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  2. ^ "Talkeetna Mountains Subregion". Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of Mining, Land and Water. Retrieved 26 December 2009.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g h i j Peakbagger.com: Talkeetna Range Retrieved 8 December 2012.

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