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Gates of the Arctic National Park

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Gates of the Arctic National Park, covering much of the Brooks range in northern Alaska, is one of the finest wilderness areas of the world. With a surface area of 8.4 million acres (336 thousand squares kilometers), it is four times the size of Yellowstone, and only slightly smaller than Switzerland. What is remarkable is that such a large chunk of land has remained one of the most remote and unspoiled places in the world. No roads lead into the park, and there are no trails or bridges inside. One has to find and earn his way into the tundra, immensely vast but still subtle in the texture and wetness variations of its miniature habitats.

The Brooks range is so vast that each of its mountains have a different character, however the Arrigetch Peaks area, a place of gothic black granite spires and pinnacles reaching haphazardly into the clouds, is considered by many to be the most spectacular part. Shosh Moalem and I flew into the frontier town of Bettles, then used an air taxi to be dropped off and picked up at Circle Lake. In eight days, we backpacked to a base camp near the Arrigetch Peaks, and explored three of the surrounding valleys. Our timing of mid-August let us admire the dazzling splendor of the tundra in fall colors. See also the pictures of backpacking.

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Aerial view of meandering Alatna river in mountain valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aerial view of cliff and mountain side. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aerial view of snowy Arrigetch peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Alatna River valley near Circle Lake. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Caribou antlers. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Bright berry leaves, boreal forest, Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Tundra, valley, and mountains with fresh snow. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch valley with caribou. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Boulders, valleys and slopes with fresh snow in cloudy weather. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Fresh snow dusts the Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) The Maidens with fresh show and a thin veil of clouds. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Lichen covered rocks at the base of Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Dark rock and moss, Aquarius Lake. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Lake II in Aquarius Valley near Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch peaks above pond in Aquarius Valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Stream and Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Tundra and Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Taiga forest and peaks with fresh dusting of snow. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Tundra tussocks and Arrigetch Peaks in the distance. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Boreal forest in autumn. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Tussocks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Alatna River valley near Circle Lake, evening. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Boreal forest and snowy Brooks Range. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Alatna River valley near Circle Lake, sunset. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Brooks range, winter sunset. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aurora and Jupiter over Brooks Range. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Northern lights over Brooks Range, winter. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aerial view of plain with meandering Alatna river and mountains. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aerial view of meanders of Alatna river and valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aerial view of vast landscape of meandering Alatna river and mountains. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aerial view of meandering river and mountains. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aerial view of mountains. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aerial view of lake, tundra and taiga. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aerial view of mountains with meandering Alatna river in the distance. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Alatna River valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Black Spruce and berry plants in autumn foliage, Alatna Valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Berry plants in fall color and Arrigetch creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Mountain landscape with berry plants in fall colors, forest, and snow-dusted peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Boreal forest landscape. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Distant Arrigetch Peaks seen from Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch Peaks from boulder field in Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch valley and clouds. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch Peaks from Arrigetch Creek entrance at sunset. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch Peaks and tundra from Arrigetch Creek entrance, early morning. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch Peaks and spruce forest from Arrigetch Creek entrance, morning. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Red tundra shrubs and Arrigetch Peaks in the distance. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch Peaks and tundra from Arrigetch Creek entrance, morning. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Taiga scenery with stream. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Clouds above Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) River flowing over boulders, Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Tussocks near Circle Lake, Alatna River valley, early morning. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Alatna River valley near Circle Lake, evening. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Sky and Alatna River reflections,  sunset. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Alatna River reflections, sunset. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch Creek and Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aquarius Valley near Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Tundra and Arrigetch Peaks partly hidden by clouds. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch Peaks, tundra in fall colors, and clearing storm. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Tundra and Arrigetch Peaks in fog. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Brooks range landscape in the fall. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Taiga landscape in the fall. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Low tundra in autum color and Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Jagged peaks of the Brooks range. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Brooks range peaks with fresh snow in autumn. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Mountain valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Shrubs and mountains in mist. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Tundra on mountain side in autumn. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Tundra and spruce trees on mountain side below snow line. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch Valley in autumn. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch Valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Valley and mountains, clearing storm. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Boulders at the base of Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Fresh snow near Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Fresh snow dusts the Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Stream and Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Arrigetch Peaks mineral landscape. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Arrigetch peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Brooks range stormy scenery with fresh snow. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Brooks range landscape after snowstorm. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Mineral landscape with scree, rocky peaks, and lake. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Mountain lake with reflections in rocky environment. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Dark rocks, lichen, and mountain lake. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Turquoise lake and scree slopes. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Stream, granite slabs, and boulders. Gates of the Arctic National Park (Panoramic black and white) Lake II in Aquarius Valley near Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Lake I in Aquarius Valley near Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Lake II in Aquarius Valley near Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aquarious Lake II. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Lake I in Aquarius Valley near Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Aquarious Lake III. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Forest and snowy Brooks Range mountains. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Winter landscape. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Brooks Range mountains in winter. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Brooks Range near Aitigun Pass in winter. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Brooks Range mountains above Artic Plain. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Boreal forest and brooks range in winter. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Northern lights over Brooks Range. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Colorful aurora curtains over Brooks Range. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Northern lights over Brooks Range mountains. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Venus, Jupiter, and Aurora. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white) Northern lights and starry sky. Gates of the Arctic National Park ( black and white)
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