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Backpacking Gates of the Arctic

The Brooks range, which overlaps to a great extent with Gates of the Arctic National Park, 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 scenic pictures of Gates of the Arctic National Park.

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Backpackers beeing dropped off by a floatplane at Circle Lake. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpackers beeing picked up by a floatplane at Circle Lake. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpacker in Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpacker in Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpacker in boulder field at the base of the Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpackers camp at the base of the Arrigetch Peaks. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpackers on boulder fields in Aquarius Valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpacker in Arrigetch Valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpacker in Arrigetch Valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Camping in Arrigetch Valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpacker on boulder field in Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpacker in Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpacker in Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpackers camp in Arrigetch Valley. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpacker in the tundra at the entrance of Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska Backpacker in the tundra at the entrance of Arrigetch Creek. Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska

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