Hike in the Clearwater Mountains in the Alaska Range (Day 2 of 4)
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.
South Fork Pass Creek valley panorama
Snack break spot
Date AddedJul 14, 2013
CameraCanon PowerShot D10
Cow caribou (middle) and 2 calves
Lena at the top of the first pass we climbed through.
Upper Sout Fork Pass Creek valley
Sunbeam streaming through Wedding Pass.
Creek flowing out of the first pass we climbed.
South Fork Pass Creek flowing through a little canyon
Moss campion (Silene acaulis)
Wooly Lousewort (Pedicularis kanei)
High rocks at the beginning of a little mountain stream
Rain on its way.
Mountain avens (Dryas octopetala)
Clouds spilling over the mountaintops
Big mountain to the south
Frigid shooting star (Dodecatheon frigidum)
Standing atop the pass checking out the route down.
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|Troutnut||August 3rd, 2013, 4:52 pm || |
|Can't really describe it in pictures either, unfortunately. The photos always pale in comparison to the real thing.|
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