Skookum Volcano

Skookum Volcano from the Nabesna Road, Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, July 2012.

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chugach mtn boy

chugach mtn boy - Jul 25, 2012 3:26 am - Hasn't voted

Re: awesome!

It's a gorgeous area. This was our first time down that road even though I've been in Alaska for about 25 years--and my wife and I were the only people out there on a summer Sunday. Forgotten corner of a mostly forgotten park.

macintosh

macintosh - Jul 25, 2012 5:48 am - Hasn't voted

Like Jim Skookum ?

Does anybody know if there a link between this volcano's name and Jim Mason Skookum, the guy who discovered gold in Bonanza Creek (Yukon) in august 1896 ?

chugach mtn boy

chugach mtn boy - Jul 25, 2012 11:57 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Like Skookum Jim ?

According to a USGS publication, it was named for Skookum
Creek, which is nearby. But was Skookum Creek named
for Skookum Jim Mason? Seems possible--Right near
Skookum Creek is Jim Creek, and Nabesna is an area the
Yukon prospectors would have gotten into.
But a more likely explanation is probably the connection between
the word "skookum" and devils in the minds of the pioneers:
http://www.network54.com/Forum/28799/message/1006462519/I+never+met+Ed+F.
Skookum Creek is right near Devil's Mountain (across the
valley from the volcano).

hgrapid

hgrapid - Dec 1, 2014 7:23 pm - Hasn't voted

Can you reach the summit?

Is the summit reachable?

chugach mtn boy

chugach mtn boy - Dec 2, 2014 1:04 am - Hasn't voted

Re: Can you reach the summit?

I definitely have the impression that both this peak and the true summit (which is a little ways away) can be scrambled, but I don't remember the details of why I thought that, and I haven't been all that high on either of them myself. Here's an interesting link about the area:
http://www.nps.gov/wrst/planyourvisit/upload/Skookum%20Creek.pdf . (use the "reply" button to see the whole link)

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