Such beautiful peaks across the Cook Inlet from Ninilchik, Alaska. As you head south toward Homer on the Seward Highway, the snow-covered mountains to the west garner your attention and beg to have their picture taken.
While beautiful, you can’t help but be mindful of the danger that lurks within them.
The 10,197 foot high Mount Redoubt is the more famous of the two as it has erupted multiple times in the last century, most recently in 2009. It is considered a ‘very high threat’ by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) ranking in the top five volcanic threats in the United States.
Mount Iliamna, to me, looked more impressive due to its more rugged face and perhaps mostly because it was actually steaming when we viewed it. The 10,016-foot volcano is slightly smaller than its neighbor and just slightly less of a threat. The USGS ranks it as a ‘high threat’ coming in as the 20th most hazardous volcano in the U.S.