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Phoenix Peak
Phoenix Peak.jpg
NW aspect from Resurrection River valley
Highest point
Elevation 5,187 ft (1,581 m)
Prominence 3,350 ft (1,020 m)
Isolation 5.67 mi (9.12 km)
Parent peak Mount Alice
Geography
Location Kenai Fjords National Park
Kenai Peninsula Borough
Alaska, United States
Parent range Kenai Mountains
Topo map USGS Seward A-7
Climbing
First ascent 1964 by Don Stockard

Phoenix Peak is a 5,187-foot (1,581 m) mountain summit located in the Kenai Mountains, on the Kenai Peninsula, in the U.S. state of Alaska. The peak is situated in Kenai Fjords National Park, 2 mi (3 km) southwest of Mount Benson, 1.1 mi (2 km) northwest of Marathon Mountain, and 3.5 mi (6 km) west of Seward, Alaska. The first ascent of the peak was made July 23, 1964, by Don Stockard of the Mountaineering Club of Alaska. The peak was named in 1965 by the Mountaineering Club of Alaska for the first ship ever built in Russian America, the Phoenix, which was constructed in 1794 by Russians in nearby Resurrection Bay. The mountain's name was officially adopted in 1966 by the United States Geological Survey.

Climate

Based on the Köppen climate classification, Phoenix Peak 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. Precipitation runoff from the mountain and meltwater from its glaciers drains into tributaries of the Resurrection River. The months May and June offer the most favorable weather for viewing the mountain. In fair weather, the Harding Icefield can be seen from the summit.

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