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.