Meteorite Mountain
Valdez, Alaska
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10 :16 hrs
17.5 mi
6207 ft
S4
Mountaineering
Backcountry Skiing

If you’re looking for a multi-day expedition with the steepest terrain in the Port Valdez area, than Meteorite Mountain should be next on your list of backcountry skiing routes to tackle. Park near the end of Whispering Spruce Drive and begin crossing the Lowe River via snow bridges to reach the pipeline right-of-way after passing Taps-Access Road. Cross the pipeline and head southeast through the brush and into a valley carved out by glacier activity. Continue up the valley east of Heidi Peak to reach Ethrington Glacier. After ascending the lower headwall parties usually set up base camp. From here, ascend the southwest ramp which leads to the summit ridge. After reaching the summit ridge, technical mountaineering equipment will be required to cross the ridge over to the summit. One option for the descent is the east rib. Another option is to approach the north ramp via Browns Creek (neighboring canyon to the east) and ascend the east rib. Various difficulties such as; brittle rock, high avalanche danger, glacier travel, crevasses, river crossing, and difficult approaches through brush makes this a expert level route. With that being said, Meteorite Mountain offers the steepest terrain in the area and is well worth the effort.

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