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Hike in the Clearwater Mountains in the Alaska Range (Day 2 of 4)

By Troutnut on July 7th, 2013
We got a late start to day two because we were tired and it was raining all morning and early afternoon. We began around 3:45 pm and made our way up over one pass and down the next drainage to the ridge before the next pass. We were able to break camp during a brief pause in the rain, but we went through the pass amidst howling winds and small hail. Later in the evening, the weather cleared enough for a bit of sunshine.

The only wildlife we saw were Arctic ground squirrels and a cow caribou with two calves.

Photos by Troutnut from Clearwater Mountains and the South Fork of Pass Creek in Alaska

South Fork Pass Creek valley panorama From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
South Fork Pass Creek valley panorama
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Snack break spot From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Snack break spot
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
Cow caribou (middle) and 2 calves From the South Fork of Pass Creek in Alaska.
Cow caribou (middle) and 2 calves
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Creek flowing out of the first pass we climbed. From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Creek flowing out of the first pass we climbed.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Lena at the top of the first pass we climbed through. From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Lena at the top of the first pass we climbed through.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Standing atop the pass checking out the route down. From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Standing atop the pass checking out the route down.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
South Fork Pass Creek flowing through a little canyon From the South Fork of Pass Creek in Alaska.
South Fork Pass Creek flowing through a little canyon
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Upper Sout Fork Pass Creek valley From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Upper Sout Fork Pass Creek valley
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Rainbow mini-panorama. From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Rainbow mini-panorama.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Sunbeam streaming through Wedding Pass. From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Sunbeam streaming through Wedding Pass.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Moss campion (Silene acaulis) From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Moss campion (Silene acaulis)
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Wooly Lousewort (Pedicularis kanei) From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Wooly Lousewort (Pedicularis kanei)
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Rain on its way. From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Rain on its way.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
High rocks at the beginning of a little mountain stream From the South Fork of Pass Creek in Alaska.
High rocks at the beginning of a little mountain stream
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
 From the South Fork of Pass Creek in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Frigid shooting star (Dodecatheon frigidum) From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Frigid shooting star (Dodecatheon frigidum)
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Mountain avens (Dryas octopetala) From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Mountain avens (Dryas octopetala)
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Big mountain to the south From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Big mountain to the south
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
 From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
 From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
 From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
 From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut
Clouds spilling over the mountaintops From Clearwater Mountains in Alaska.
Clouds spilling over the mountaintops
StateAlaska
Date TakenJul 7, 2013
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
AuthorTroutnut

Most recent comments on this post (latest on top)

TroutnutAugust 3rd, 2013, 4:52 pm
Administrator
Fairbanks, AK

Posts: 2375
Can't really describe it in pictures either, unfortunately. The photos always pale in comparison to the real thing.
Jason Neuswanger, Ph.D.
Troutnut and salmonid ecologist
Jmd123July 31st, 2013, 11:20 pm
Oscoda, MI

Posts: 2010
You can't describe this in words...at least, I can't...and I love the botany!!!

Jonathon
No matter how big the one you just caught is, there's always a bigger one out there somewhere...

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