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| Kiska volcano from the north, 1985
(photo by E.V. Kleff, USFWS)   <click to enlarge>

Kiska Volcano
    4004 ft (1220 m) .
Location: Northern tip of Kiska Island
in the Aleutian Islands, Alaska
Lat / Long: 52.1° N, 177.6° E
Volcanic Type: Stratovolcano
Volcanic Status: Active, last eruption 1989
First Ascent:
First Ski Descent:
Skiable Vertical: about 4000 ft (1200 m)
Administration:   Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge



Kiska is the westernmost active volcano in the Aleutian chain, a small stratovolcano located at the northeastern tip of Kiska Island. The island has one of the finest harbors in the Aleutians, and it was occupied by Japanese forces for over a year during World War II. Many artifacts from the era remain both on land and in the harbor, as the island is now uninhabited and has been declared a National Historic Landmark. As for the volcano, it is simple climb from the south side (although it is ringed by cliffs on the other three sides) and should provide a good ski ascent and descent if conditions cooperate during the spring or early summer. The volcano has had minor eruptions every few decades throughout the 20th century, and fumaroles are still active on the upper slopes near the crater. Kiska Island is part of the Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge and is home to many large colonies of protected seabirds and marine mammals. The remoteness of Kiska makes access difficult, since it is about 250 miles (400 km) west of the nearest settlement, Adak. The only likely option is to use a privately owned or chartered boat, as the condition of the small landing strip is unknown.

Some useful links:  

    Global Volcanism Program: Kiska
    Alaska Volcano Observatory
    Alaska Maritime National Wildlife Refuge
    Kiska Harbor National Historic Landmark (info from NPS)
   
   
Topographic map of Kiska (1:250,000 scale)
    from USGS Kiska
    <click to enlarge>



      More photos and info about routes, access, etc. may be added in the future ...


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