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Cecil Rhode Mountain
Cooper Landing crop.jpg
North aspect, from Slaughter Ridge
(Cooper Landing and Kenai Lake below)
Highest point
Elevation 4,400 ft (1,300 m)  
Prominence 50 ft (15 m)
Isolation 0.33 mi (0.53 km)
Cecil Rhode Mountain is located in Alaska
Cecil Rhode Mountain
Cecil Rhode Mountain
Location in Alaska
Location Chugach National Forest
Kenai Peninsula Borough
Alaska, United States
Parent range Kenai Mountains
Topo map USGS Seward B-8

Cecil Rhode Mountain is a 4,400-foot (1,341 m) mountain summit located in the Kenai Mountains, on the Kenai Peninsula in the state of Alaska. The mountain is situated in Chugach National Forest, 50 mi (80 km) south of Anchorage, and 1.7 mi (3 km) south of Cooper Landing, Alaska. This peak is shown on maps as Cooper Benchmark, the northernmost peak on a ridge which includes Stetson Benchmark (4,576-ft), and Peak 4593. The mountain was named for Cecil E. Rhode (1902–1979), director of the Izaak Walton League, wildlife photographer, and writer who lived in Cooper Landing for 42 years and was best known for bringing wide exposure to the public about the wilds of Alaska, particularly in magazines such as National Geographic, Sports Afield, and Outdoor Life. The mountain's name was officially adopted August 13, 1981, by the United States Board on Geographic Names. Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains into the Kenai River.


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Cecil Rhode Mountain is located in a subarctic climate zone with long, cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. This climate supports a spruce and hemlock forest on the lower slopes.

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