- For the history of the area, see Alterac Mountains (original).
The Alterac Mountains is a massive mountain range bordering the Hillsbrad Foothills and is also the location of the former nation of Alterac. Its chief settlements included the City of Alterac and Strahnbrad. It contains many areas and several ruins filled with Crushridge ogres and members of the Syndicate.
During the early days of the Second War, the high elves of Quel'Thalas sent a contingent of archers south to survey the supposed orcish threat for themselves. Shortly after passing through the Alterac Mountains the elves were ambushed by Horde troops and brought to a prison camp near Tarren Mill.
Some time later, the treachery of the humans of Alterac was revealed by the Alliance of Lordaeron, and an army was sent in the Alterac Mountains to strike the traitors at their heart. An Alteraci prison camp was also situated near Alterac City, containing captured Dalaran citizens.
After the end of the war, military outposts maintained by Lordaeron and Stromgarde were built along the borders of the Mountains. These outposts were raided by the Horde of Draenor in order to get the Book of Medivh back from the Alteraci.
- Stromgarde was once described as being situated amongst the foothills of the Alterac Mountains.
- In Warcraft II: Tides of Darkness and Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal the Alterac Mountains were much more verdant than in World of Warcraft, even being referred to as the "Alterac grasslands".
The Alterac Mountains borders during the Invasion of Draenor.
- Patch 4.0.3a (2010-11-23): Zone merged into Hillsbrad Foothills. Nearly every quest involving this zone have been removed.