For countless millennia, Mt. Logan lay like a sleeping giant, tucked away behind the great walls of surrounding peaks, including the famed Mt. St. Elias. Despite its size, no Westerner had ever seen the peak until Israel Russell spotted it in 1891:
"The clouds parted towards the northeast, revealing several giant peaks not before seen, some of which seemed to rival St. Elias itself. One stranger rising in three white domes far above the clouds was especially magnificent." —Canadian Alpine Journal, 1925
The peak's size also impressed future explorers: in his 1925 Canadian Alpine Journal report of the first ascent of Logan, A.H. MacCarthy called it "the mightiest hump of Nature in the Western Hemisphere if not the largest in the world."
At 19,540', Mt. Logan has no fewer than ten other peaks over 5000m and multiple ridgelines that descend to the rock and ice below. [Photo] AGS, courtesy Allen Steck collection