Denali (at one point known as Mount McKinley) in Alaska is a monumentally prolific mountain and the centerpiece of Denali National Park. Not only is Denali the highest mountain in North America, but it has the greatest vertical rise of any mountain in the world and a bulk larger than Mount Everest. The mountain is also characterized by extremely cold weather, reaching -100 °F in one measurement. Due to its extreme latitude, the air has less oxygen than equivalently high peaks near the equator, adding to the risk of altitude sickness for climbers. Denali has two significant summits: the South Summit is the highest one, while the North Summit has an elevation of 19,470 feet. Five large glaciers flow off the slopes of the mountain: Peters Glacier, Muldrow Glacier, Traleika Glacier, Ruth Glacier, and the Kahiltna Glacier. By far the most popular climbing route on the mountain is the West Buttress Route pioneered by Bradford Washburn in 1951.

Denali SUMMIT LOG peakery first ascent by willirq

30 members report climbing or hiking to the summit, most recently on May 24, 2016. Below are trip reports and shared pictures from their climbs. Based on the summit log, the most popular climbing routes and hiking trails to the summit are West Buttress, muldrow glacier and Upper West Rib.

Others who’ve summited Denali

  • DandyDon
  • Kirk
  • Slim.Shady101
  • michaelkeith

Routes Used trails & approaches

82% West Buttress

8% muldrow glacier

6% Upper West Rib

2% Cassin Ridge

2% The Riblet


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Alternate Names

Mount McKinley


20,320 ft / 6,194 m


20,156 ft / 6,144 m

Height Rank Range



Alaska, United States

Summited by

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  • adrianballinger
  • willirq
  • DandyDon
  • taloeffler
  • radson
  • Kirk
  • Slim.Shady101
  • dsbmtn
  • bruceparker
  • kristina
  • johnpelz
  • jakenorton

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