Everything in the Yukon is large, and Mount Logan takes the cake. Canada’s highest mountain (5,959 m / 19,551 ft) and the second tallest peak in North America draws mountaineers from around the world. Mount Logan is named after Sir William Edmond Logan, the founder of the Geological Survey of Canada.
Towering above the peaks of Kluane National Park and Reserve, the Logan massif is believed to have the largest circumference of any mountain on Earth. Eleven peaks protrude from this colossal hunk of rock and ice, each over 5,000 m above sea level. Logan’s staggering size is further enhanced by the vast sea of ice that surrounds it. The St. Elias Icefields is one of the world’s largest non-polar ice sheets. This frozen reservoir extrudes giant glaciers down Kluane’s broad valleys—the Lowell, Kaskawulsh, Donjek and other glaciers are visible on backcountry trips into the park.
Climbers access Mount Logan via ski-equipped airplane or helicopter from Haines Junction or Kluane Lake, and flightseeing tours often enjoy a glimpse of the mountain giant. Alsek river rafters float past calving glaciers, and multi-day backpacking trips bring hikers within sight of glaciers. The Mount Logan: Canadian Titan Virtual Museum of Canada (VMC) offers a visual overview of this mountain and its significance as a Canadian icon. Kluane National Park and Reserve provides information for mountaineers, backcountry travelers and visitors interested in learning about the park’s frozen interior.