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    Information About the Trident Volcano
    The Trident Volcano, also known as Mount Trident, is an active system of volcanic peaks located in Katmai National Park on the Alaskan Peninsula. It last erupted in 1975.


    The elevation of Trident Volcano's highest peak is 6,115 feet.



    Properly speaking, Trident Volcano is more like a small mountain range than a single mountain. In fact, it has a total of 23 different peaks.


    Volcanic activity prior to 1900 is unknown for Trident Volcano. However, eruptions were documented in 1953, 1960, 1968 and 1975. The first documented eruption was in 1912. The ash and lava from this eruption resulted in the "valley of 10,000 smokes," a well-preserved extensive lava bed.


    There is only one developed campground in all of Katmai National Park: Brooks Camp. It is located on the northern side of the park and charges only $8 a night for a camping spot, as of 2010. However, there is no access via car to the campground or surrounding towns. Visitors must first fly into one of the surrounding towns, such as King Salmon, via Alaska Airlines and then charter a plane or boat to the campground.

    Valley of the 10,000 Smokes

    This is the best location from which to view the volcano, and it is located 23 miles away from the camp. A daily bus tour is offered to take visitors from Brooks Camp to the valley for a small fee. Once there, visitors are taken on a short 3-mile hike into the valley.


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