One of the park's namesake peaks, Mt. Wrangell, rises over 14,000 feet. It looks short and squat, but this is one massive mountain. The mountain is made up of 250 cubic miles of lava--it is approximately the same heigth as Mt. Rainier but about five times as massive. And if you have ever visited Rainier, you know that Rainier is quite large in its own right.
In years past (many years) Wrangell was a 16,000 footer, but eruptions shrunk the giant. It is still common to see plumes of smoke rise from the crater atop Wrangell. It is only a matter of time before it blows once again.
The statistics on Wrangell-St. Elias are mind-boggling. Here are a few:
It is the largest national park in the United States at 13 million acres (give or take a few hundred thousand).
It is larger in area and has higher mountains than Switzerland.
It has nine of the tallest sixteen peaks in North America (several over 16,000 feet).
One of the glaciers is larger than the state of Rhode Island.
Favorite thing: When I have time--I'll describe this incredible scene. Really--you cannot imagine the scale that this photo shows.
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