Category Archives: Chugach Mountains

Photos and blog posts from the Chugach Mountains in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Alaska.

Paintbrush, Klu River, Chugach Mountains

The Chugach mountains of the upper Klu River, in Wrangell - St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

The Chugach mountains of the upper Klu River, in Wrangell – St. Elias National Park and Preserve.

Hey Folks,

This photo is from an area not too many people get to visit. The upper Klu River valley is absolutely beautiful, but pretty far from most points of access. From Tebay Lakes or Bremner Mines it’s a few days hike, at least, for most people.

It’s a fun area to visit though. I always wish I had a little more time when I venture through. The Klu River is a gorgeous stream, and one of these days I’m going to packraft it. Some of my friends have done so, but I’ve never run it. The lower section is a burly canyon which looks, from the air, pretty much unrunable. But the upper and mid sections are a treat indeed.

The eastern Chugach Mountains run in to the park across the Copper River, all the way as far as the Tana River.

The wildflowers in the foreground are Yellow Paintbrush (Unalaska Paintbrush), Castilleja unalaschcensis.

Cheers

Carl

Alaska wilderness

Hiker silhouetted against the Chugach mountains.

Hiker silhouetted against the Chugach mountains, Wrangell – St. Elias Park.

I shot this image years ago, on one of my first trips in the park. Me and my good friend Frank flew in from McCarthy to Iceberg Lake, and backpacked form their to Bremner Mines. I’d been to Iceberg Lake the previous year, and hiked to a pretty little alpine valley in the Chugach mountains called, locally, Allie’s Valley. But this year I wanted to hike a slightly different route, and go further west to Bremner Mines. We had a fantastic trip, all the adventure one could ask for, and tons of fun.  Continue reading