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Black Mountain
Black Mountain with snow.jpg
Black Mountain, southwest aspect
Highest point
Elevation 5,891 ft (1,796 m)
Prominence 1,548 ft (472 m)
Isolation 4.2 mi (6.8 km)
Black Mountain is located in Alaska
Black Mountain
Black Mountain
Location in Alaska
Location Glacier Bay National Park
Alaska, United States
Parent range Alsek Ranges
Saint Elias Mountains
Topo map USGS Skagway A-3
Easiest route North slope

Black Mountain is a prominent 5,891 foot (1,796 meter) mountain summit located in the Alsek Ranges of the Saint Elias Mountains, in southeast Alaska. The mountain is situated in Glacier Bay National Park and Preserve, 75 mi (121 km) northwest of Juneau, between the Riggs and McBride glaciers. The months May through June offer the most favorable weather for viewing or climbing Black Mountain. Weather permitting, Black Mountain can be seen from Muir Inlet of Glacier Bay, which is a popular destination for cruise ships.


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Black Mountain has a subarctic climate with cold, snowy winters, and cool summers. Weather systems coming off the Gulf of Alaska are forced upwards by the Saint Elias Mountains (orographic lift), causing heavy precipitation in the form of rainfall and snowfall. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. This climate supports the Riggs Glacier below the west slopes, and McBride Glacier to the east.

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