--How tall is Mt.
Mt. McKinley is definately Alaska's greatest boast.
Alaskans refer to it as 'Denali' -- the Athabascan
word meaning 'The Great One' -- it stands a glorious
20,320 feet high and is part of the Alaska Range.
Mt. McKinley is the highest mountain in the United
States. Most consider it to be the second highest on
earth. However, if you consider the actual "rise" of the
mountain, from its base to its peak,
McKinley is actually a
much higher mountain than Everest, even though Everest
reaches higher into the sky. This is because
Everest sits atop the Tibetan Plateau which is already
17,000 feet above sea level. The mountain, itself, is
an additional 12,000 -- putting its peak at around
29,000 feet (8,900 meters) above sea level. Denali, on
the other hand, sits atop a plateau that is only 2,000
feet high and the mountain itself is 18,000 feet high,
for a peak that is just over 20,000 feet above sea
level. See the diagram below: