Keele Peak Yukon Territory #3512
Ranges: MacKenzie Ranges / Selwyn Mountains / Hess Mountains
Height: 2952 m -> 9685 feet
Prominence?: 2157 m above Dease Lake Pass
Line Parent?: Mount Ulysses (757.0 km away, at bearing 150 degrees)
Greater Parent: Mount Ulysses (757.0 km away)
Location: 63.43139,-130.32388 63:25:53, -130:19:26 9V 433937 7034337 NTS Mapsheet: 105.O.08 AreaCode: GN30/ED32
| This peak is #7 in Prominence List for Yukon Territory .Keele Peak is the highest point in the Selwyn-Mackenzie Mountains, which form the border between the Yukon and Northwest Territories. Keele Peak itself is about 20 km inside the Yukon. It lies between two forks of the Hess River, and is almost completely surrounded by them. The Hess flows westward to the Stewart River (Yukon River). Less than 50 Km SE is the head of the Keele river. The Keele river runs east into the Mackenzie, just upstream from Norman Wells.
Despite its name, the Keele river does not drain any of the slopes of Keele Peak. |
Keele is a huge circular, stand-alone massif, surrounded by valleys with small trees. The massif contains glaciers radiating out from the peak, and covering an area 10 km by 10 km. The nearest access road is the Canol Highway that runs about 25 km southeast of the summit. Although it could be reached in several days hike, Keele is rarely climbed because of the driving distance from any city. To the immediate north of the peak is a large lake (Keele Lake) in which a float plane could probably land. There is also an airfield along the Canol road, about 30 km SW of the peak, condition unknown.
At the airport is the end of the Canol road, and beyond that, the Canol Heritage trail continues eastward across the highlands.
Name Notes: The mountain was named after Joseph Keele (1863-1923), an explorer and geologist. He was born in Ireland and moved to Canada as a teenager. As an adult, he organized major expeditions mapping the gold fields of the Yukon. He died shortly after visiting Egypt to see the newly-opened tomb of Tutankhamen.
Trip Reports within 1 km
2004.07.08 Changed saddle from Wolf to Dease Lake Fred Touche
2004.07.06 Keele goes to Ulysses, Wolf Lake is lowpoint Robin Tivy
|Subject Photos View Thumbnails|
24 Keele Peak from South Tomatosawz Steif
11 Keele Peak from valley to the East Kevin Altheim