List from Chapter 2

VERY STEEP MOUNTAINS: SHORTEST HORIZONTAL DISTANCES IN THE U.S. WHERE THE ELEVATION CHANGES BY 10,000 FEET

Here are the mountains in the United States with elevation gains of 10,000 feet in less than 10 miles (less than 5 miles in Alaska). Not only does Alaska have the highest mountains in the United States, but it also has the steepest. The south and west slopes of Mt. St. Elias, in southeastern Alaska are the steepest in the country (based on the criteria used here), slightly edging out the north slope of Denali. Those slopes average approximately 45 degrees for over 2 miles--in both the horizontal and the vertical!!!

These horizontal distances are, of course, as the crow flies and not as the hiker climbs!

1. South/west slopes of Mt. St. Elias, Alaska (slightly under 2 miles)
2. Wickersham Wall, north slope of Mt. McKinley (Denali), Alaska (2 miles)
3. East slope of Mt. Foraker, Alaska (2 1/2 miles)
3. Southwest slope of Mt. Sanford, Alaska (2 1/2 miles)
3. Southwest slope of Mt. Fairweather, Alaska (2 1/2 miles)
6. Southwest slope of Mt. Blackburn, Alaska (3 miles)
7. Southeast slope of Mt. Augusta, Alaska (3 1/2 miles)
8. South slope of Mt. Rainier, Washington (4 miles)
8. Southwest slope of Mt. Bona, Alaska (4 miles)
10. Southwest slope of Mt. Shasta, California (6 miles)
11. From Palm Springs to Mt. San Jacinto, California (7 miles)
11. From the south coast of Maui to Red Hill, Hawaii (7 miles)
13. Southeast slope of Mt. Baker, Washington (8 miles)
14. East slope of Telescope Peak, California (9 miles)

Honorable Mention:
East slope of Mt. Whitney, California (11 miles)

Surprisingly Long Distance:
Southeast slope of Pikes Peak, Colorado (93 miles). Pikes Peak has the shortest horizontal distance for any elevation gain of 10,000 feet in Colorado.


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