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Mount Wake
Mount Wake summit.jpg
Aerial view of Mount Wake
Highest point
Elevation 9,100+ft (2,770+m)
Prominence 1,900 ft (580 m)
Location Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Alaska, United States
Parent range Alaska Range
Topo map USGS Talkeetna D-2
Type of rock Granite
First ascent 1979 Gary Bocarde, Nick Parker, Paul Denkewalter

Mount Wake is a 9,100+ft (2,770+m) mountain summit located in the Alaska Range, in Denali National Park and Preserve, in Alaska, United States. It is situated on the west side of the Ruth Gorge, 14.44 mi (23 km) southeast of Denali and 5.85 mi (9 km) southwest of The Moose's Tooth. Its nearest higher peak is Mount Dickey, 2.92 miles (4.70 km) to the north. Mount Bradley lies 1.51 miles (2.43 km) to the north, and Mount Johnson lies 0.89 miles (1.43 km) to the southeast. Despite its relatively low elevation, it is notable for its north face with over 4,000 feet of vertical sheer granite. The mountain was named by famed explorer Dr. Frederick Cook for his friend Charles Wake.


Based on the Köppen climate classification, Mount Wake is located in a subarctic climate zone with long, cold, snowy winters, and cool summers. Temperatures can drop below −20 °F with wind chill factors below −30 °F. The months May through June offer the most favorable weather for viewing and climbing.

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