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Moby Dick
Mt. Hayes and Moby Dick.jpg
Moby Dick from the south
(Mount Hayes to left)
Highest point
Elevation 12,360 ft (3,770 m)
Prominence 2,860 ft (870 m)
Isolation 4.6 mi (7.4 km)
Parent peak Mount Hayes (13,832 ft)
Moby Dick is located in Alaska
Moby Dick
Moby Dick
Location in Alaska
Location Southeast Fairbanks Census Area
Alaska, United States
Parent range Alaska Range
Hayes Range
Topo map USGS Mount Hayes C-6
First ascent 1964

Moby Dick is a 12,360 ft (3,770 m) elevation glaciated summit located at the head of the Trident Glacier in the eastern Alaska Range, in Alaska, United States. It is the fourth-highest peak in the Hayes Range, a subset of the Alaska Range. This remote peak is situated 5.7 mi (9 km) southeast of Mount Hayes, and 92 mi (148 km) southeast of Fairbanks. Mount Shand, the nearest higher neighbor, is set 4.7 mi (8 km) to the east. The first ascent of this unofficially named mountain was made in 1964 by Christopher Goetze, Lydia Goetze, Tom Knott, and Larry Muir.


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Moby Dick is located in a subarctic climate zone with long, cold, snowy winters, and mild summers. This climate supports the Trident, Susitna, and Black Rapids Glaciers surrounding this peak. Temperatures can drop below −20 °C with wind chill factors below −30 °C. The months May through June offer the most favorable weather for climbing or viewing. Precipitation runoff from the mountain drains into tributaries of the Susitna and Tanana River drainage basins.

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