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Despite being only a one hour flight from Anchorage, Lake Clark National Park is one of two least visited, and offers ample opportunity for solitude and exploration of uncharted terrain. Because of the ease of hiking there, four of us chose to backpack on the western plateau for a week. We first flew on a small airplane to Port Alsworth, an interesting bush community on the shore of Lake Clark, where the ranger station receives so few visits that it is not continuously staffed. We then boarded a floatplane that dropped us on the shores of aptly name Lake Turquoise, and after exploring the adjacent towering valleys for a couple of days, moved to Twin Lakes where we had a rendez-vous with the floatplane. See also the scenic pictures of Lake Clark National Park.

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Trailer loaded with backpacking gear. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers dropped off by floatplane on Lake Turquoise orient themselves on the map. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Camp below the Telaquana Mountains. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Hiker crossing a stream next to Lake Turquoise. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Women hikers consulting a map. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Campers warming toes in campfire next to Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Woman filtering water from a stream. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers walking on a slope. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers walking on the shore of Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Woman backpacker with a large backpack tying up her shoelaces. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker balancing herself while crossing a stream. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker eating noodles from a camp pot. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Large format photographer with tripod on the shores of Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers crossing a neve. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker unpacking backpack into the tent. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Two backpackers seen from the side walking fast in the tundra. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker seen from the side walking fast in the tundra. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker on a ridge above vast expenses of tundra. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers with heavy packs. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers with big packs going down a slope. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Camp above Twin Lakes. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Unloading the gear from the plane to a trailer on the Port Alsworth airstrip. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Riding on the trailer with the gear. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Getting ready to load the floatplane with the backpacking gear. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Pilot unloading a backpack from the floatplane on Lake Turquoise. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers dropped off by floatplane on Lake Turquoise. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers orient themselves on the map while the plane is taking off. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers being picked up by floatplane at Twin Lakes. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Pilot standing on floats of Floatplane, Twin Lakes. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackes being unloaded from floatplane in Port Alsworth. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackes being unloaded from floatplane to a trailer in Port Alsworth. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Riding on the gear trailer out of the airstrip in Port Alsworth. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Children playing tug-of-war with a rope. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Camp below the Telaquana Mountains. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Campfire next to Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Warming toes on campfire next to Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Camp breafast. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers breaking camp and readying backpacks. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker eating camp food. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers transfering water. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers eating noodles from a camp pot. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker drinking from a cup, with mosquitoes on her hat. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Hat covered with mosquitoes. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Photographer unpacking boxes of film from backpack. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker drying gear on top of tent. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker finishes packing up backpack. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker cooks meal on gas campstove. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Jumping over a small stream next to Lake Turquoise. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Hikers crossing a stream next to Lake Turquoise. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Hiker drying out socks after a stream crossing. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Women hikers pausing below the Telaquana Mountains. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Hikers filing up a water container with a filter. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker looking at Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers on a ridge above Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers crossing a neve. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers cleaning up in Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker pausing on the shore of Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker walking on rocks on the shore of Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers travelling cross-country on the shore of Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpacker crossing a stream on pebbles. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Group of hikers on the shores of Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Large format photographer with camera on the shores of Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Large format photographer under dark cloth on the shores of Turquoise Lake. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Woman backpacker with a large backpack. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Three women backpackers walking in the tundra. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Woman backpacker putting back boots after a stream crossing. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Woman backpacker drying socks after a stream crossing. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Two backpackers on the tundra. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Three backpackers walk on a ridge in the tundra. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Two backpackers arrive at a ridge as a storm clears. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers seen from the side in the tundra. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Two women backpackers pausing in the tundra with alpine flowers in the background. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers walking down on a carpet of alpine flowers towards Twin Lakes. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers take a pause when arriving on sight of Twin Lakes. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska Backpackers with big  packs walking on the tundra. Lake Clark National Park, Alaska

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