Climb / Ski Mount Bear


Climb or Ski Mount Bear, one of the 20 highest peaks in the United States and best known for it’s steep profile and impressive lines. Mount Bear is rarely visited; in part because it’s located far from the road system deep in the St. Elias Range. As the crow flys, Mt. Bear’s summit lies only four miles west of the Yukon border. Surrounded by an expansive white room of glaciated terrain, the Barnard Glacier flows from its southwest slopes, while the Klutlan Glacier lies to the north.

April – August 2014 
Begins In
Anchorage or McCarthy 
Ends In
Anchorage or McCarthy 
Contact Us 
Shuttle and Bush Plane 
Intermediate, Advanced 
Climbing Time
7 days 
Guide Ratio
1 guide : 3 clients 
Priced From
$4100 per person 
ski or climb mount bear wrangell st elias mountains with wild alpine guides

Skiers descend Mount Bear, May 2012.

Surrounded by significant peaks including Mount Bona, Mount Luciana, and second highest in North America Mount Logan, Bear is a large peak even in relative terms. For example, the drop from the summit to the Barnard Glacier is 8,000 ft (2,440 m) in less than 5 miles (8 km), and 10,000 ft (3,050 m) in less than 12 miles (19.3 km).

In addition to climbing, Mount Bear also offers excellent ski mountaineering opportunities. The mountain offers many routes to the summit, and some climbers even choose to traverse its entire summit ridge.

See the impressive Barnard Glacier with Wild Alpin eGuides ski climb mount bear alaska wrangell st elias national park

Barnard Glacier in late summer.

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