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The Wrangell Mountains are a high mountain range of eastern Alaskamarker in the United Statesmarker. Much of the range is included in Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park and Preservemarker. The Wrangell Mountains are almost entirely volcanic in origin, and they include the second and third highest volcanoes in the United States, Mount Blackburnmarker and Mount Sanfordmarker. The range takes its name from Mount Wrangellmarker, which is one of the largest andesite shield volcanoes in the world, and also the only presently active volcano in the range. The Wrangell Mountains comprise most of the Wrangell Volcanic Field, which also extends into the neighboring Saint Elias Mountainsmarker and the Yukon Territorymarker in Canadamarker.

The Wrangell Mountains are just to the northwest of the Saint Elias Mountainsmarker and northeast of the Chugach Mountains, which are along the coast of the Gulf of Alaskamarker. These ranges have the combined effect of blocking the inland areas from warmer moist air over the Pacific Oceanmarker. The inland areas to the north of the Wrangell Mountains are therefore among the coldest areas of North America during the winter.

Major peaks

Mount Sanford
Hikers on a pass between Mt.
Sanford and Mt.
The Wrangell Mountains include 12 of the 40+ Alaskan peaks over 13,000 ft (see fourteeners and thirteeners):

Other prominent mountains include:

Name origin and references in popular culture

Mountains named after explorer, president of Russian-American Company, admiral Ferdinand von Wrangel. American folk singer John Denver wrote a song, "Wrangell Mountain Song", in reference to the range.


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