Lake Clark National Park and Preserve

Trip Start May 06, 2010
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Trip End Oct 14, 2010


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Saturday, July 24, 2010

I went to Merrill Field today, the general aviation airport for Anchorage, and caught a roughly 90-minute flight on a five-passenger plane to Port Alsworth, a small community in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, where I met my guides for a week-long backpacking trip from Turquoise Lake to Twin Lakes.  It wasn't a particularly clear day but it was probably the most scenic flight I've ever taken.  The park, which is larger than the state of Connecticut, is a vast expanse of nearly unspoiled mountains, volcanoes, lakes and tundra.

There were no other people on the particular trip I signed up for but the company ran the trip with just me.  Normally, there would just be a single guide but on this particular trip the guide had an assistant who was new to the company and still in training.  Shortly after arriving the three of us took a hike on the only maintained trail in the park to Tanalian Falls.  The weather was unseasonably cold and rainy.

Tonight will be my last night sleeping in a bed for a while.  Tomorrow we'll take a float plane to Turquoise Lake and start a 6-day backpacking trip.
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