Hike in the Clearwater Mountains in the Alaska Range (Day 1 of 4)
My wife and I took the July 4th weekend to do a 19-mile hike through some pretty, remote country off the Denali Highway in the Alaska Range. Except for the last few hundred yards, the only trails were the ones left by caribou and moose.
Carrying a heavy load.
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
Beautiful mountain valley where I got my caribou last year.
Wild geranium. I'm not sure how to tell which species this is within the genus Geranium, but Geranium erianthum is common in Alaska, so that may be it.
Rainbow over the Clearwater Creek valley.
Upper Clearwater Creek valley
Kamchatka lily (Fritillaria camschatcensis), also known as the chocolate lily.
Looking up toward the pass we had to go through to start our second day hiking.
Some species of the genus Spiraea, I'm not sure which.
Clearwater Creek meanders in the distance.
Rhodiola integrifolia (King's Crown)
Panoramic view of the mile-wide shoulder of a tundra ridge with a little valley in the middle.
Bear flower (Boykinia richardsonii)
My wife bushwhacks through some dwarf birch on our way up into the mountains. There's no trail.
Whorled lousewort (Pedicularis verticillata). This might also belong to other Pedicularis species, including sudetica and langsdorfii... I'm just guessing.
Jacob's ladder (Polemonium). A few different purple species of the genus Polemonium are found in Alaska, and I'm not sure which one this is.
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