Atigun Pass

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Atigun Pass
Atigun pass.jpg
Composite 240-degree view of Atigun Pass
Elevationapprox. 4700 ft.
Traversed byDalton Highway
LocationNorth Slope Borough, Alaska,  United States
RangeBrooks Range
Coordinates68°07′46″N 149°28′33″W / 68.12944°N 149.47583°W / 68.12944; -149.47583
 
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Atigun Pass
Atigun pass.jpg
Composite 240-degree view of Atigun Pass
Elevationapprox. 4700 ft.
Traversed byDalton Highway
LocationNorth Slope Borough, Alaska,  United States
RangeBrooks Range
Coordinates68°07′46″N 149°28′33″W / 68.12944°N 149.47583°W / 68.12944; -149.47583
Atigun Pass, Dalton Highway

Atigun Pass, elevation 4,739 feet (1,444 m), is a high mountain pass across the Brooks Range in Alaska, located at the head of the Dietrich River.[1][2] It is where the Dalton Highway crosses the Continental Divide (at mile marker 244), and is the highest pass in Alaska that is maintained throughout the year.[1][3] Atigun is the only pass in the Brooks Range that is crossed by a road.[citation needed] The pass has been responsible for taking many drivers off the road and is also home to avalanches during the winter.

Atigun is known among bush pilots for the difficulty of crossing the pass with small planes; Anaktuvuk Pass is favored as the safer flying route.[citation needed].

The pass is often shown on the third and fourth seasons of the History Channel reality series Ice Road Truckers, which focuses on the challenges of driving on the Dalton Highway.

Coordinates: 68°07′46″N 149°28′33″W / 68.12944°N 149.47583°W / 68.12944; -149.47583

Atigun Pass, facing north.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Bureau of Land Management: Alaska's Feature 1998
  2. ^ "Atigun Pass." Encyclopædia Britannica. 2010. Encyclopædia Britannica Online.
  3. ^ Bureau of Land Management: Dalton Highway Maps