Covering 13 million acres, Wrangell-St. Elias is by far the largest National Park and wilderness area in the US. There are only two roads that take you into the park, one being the Nabesna Road where we are staying. Today we drove the whole 42 miles of the road and took a gorgeous hike up Caribou Creek. We didn’t see any caribou, but we did see a moose on the ride. We yielded to her and she hurried across the road in front of us and disappeared into the brush.
The mountains here are stunning, but the weather didn’t provide any great photo ops today, with clouds sitting atop the big peaks. Nine of the 16 tallest mountains in North America are located here, the tallest being over 16,000 feet. This landscape has a way of making you feel a bit insignificant!
Along the Nabesna Road
We caught a glimpse of the snowy dome of Mt. Sanford before the clouds rolled in.
Hiking, with as little mosquito exposure as possible!
This hike, and the wildflowers, reminded us a lot of the West Maroon Pass trail in CB!
Apparently we were not the only ones out for a stroll today! There were a few big old paw prints crossing the trail and tons of moose tracks.
Phone booths show up in odd places out here, and they really work, providing you are calling someone collect (which can’t be a cell phone) or that you have a pre-paid calling card (which no one seems to sell). So they kind of work, I guess. My one attempt was a fail.