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Backpacking Lake Clark

[1 : Overview][2 : Drop off and pick-up] [3 : Camping] [4 : Turquoise Lake] [5 : Tundra]
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Despite being only a one hour flight from Anchorage, Lake Clark National Park is one of two least visited of the US National Parks. It 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

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