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Not to be confused with Devils Thumb in the same mountain range.

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Devils Paw
Devils Paw.jpg
Aerial view from the south
Highest point
Elevation 8,584 ft (2,616 m)
Prominence 5,686 ft (1,733 m)
Location Juneau City and Borough, Alaska, U.S. / Stikine Region, British Columbia, Canada
Parent range Juneau Icefield / Boundary Ranges

Devils Paw (or Devil's Paw, or Boundary Peak 93) is the high point of the Juneau Icefield, on the Alaska-British Columbia border. It is a part of the Boundary Ranges of the Coast Mountains. It is notable for its steep rise above the low local terrain. Its height is sometimes given as 8,507 feet (2,593 m).

Devils Paw is located on the northeast side of the Juneau Icefield, and its north slopes feed Tulsequah Lake and the Tulsequah Glacier. Its south slope forms the head of the picturesquely-named "Hades Highway", which is the eastern extremity of the Icefield.

To illustrate the steepness of the peak: the north face drops 7,000 feet (2133 m) in approximately three miles (4.8 km), and the southeast side drops 8,000 feet (2438 m) in about seven miles (11.3 km).

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Devils Paw, with Michaels Sword on the left


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Devils Paw is located in a subpolar oceanic climate zone, with long, cold, snowy winters, and cool summers. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C.


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