Blazing Alaska's Trails by Alfred H Brooks

By Alfred H Brooks

This is often the tale of early Alaska -- of the pioneers who driven their method into the unknown reaches of this zone and opened tips on how to everlasting cost -- as informed via one of many state's most renowned trailblazers.

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While the lofty peak of Mount St. ). In places, foothill ranges intervene between Mount St. Elias and the sea. The most well-defined of these are the Robinson Mountains, which intervene between the Malaspina and Bering glaciers. They have a length of about 20 miles and are between 4,000 and 5,000 feet in altitude. As has already been stated, most of the drainage from the St. Elias Range is through glaciers, and watercourses are as a rule limited to short streams springing from the front of ice masses.

This pass was also extensively used by the Klondikers and is now crossed by the White Pass & Yukon Railroad, which runs from Skagway on the coast to navigable waters on the Yukon at White-horse, 110 miles from tidewater. Northwest of Lynn Canal the Coast Range passes inland and beyond the boundary it merges with the British Columbia plateau. This part of the range is bounded on the south by the Chilkat valley, which separates it from the St. Elias Range to the southwest. At the head of the Chilkat River there are low passes leading into the Alsek Page 8 basin, and these have long been used by the coast natives as a trading route into the interior.

A further southwest extension is found in the mountainous Aleutian Islands, which carry the axis of the range for some 800 miles to the westward. Here the peaks reach altitudes of 4,000 to 8,000 feet. ). The axes of the southern end of the Alaska Range and of the Aleutian Range are parallel. These highlands form the southwestern extension of the Pacific Mountain System. West of Cook Inlet the system has a width of some 40 or 50 miles, which gradually decreases to five to ten miles in the southwestern part of the Alaska Peninsula.

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