Trip Reports

This is a collection of all my trip reports (mostly Alaska), with the most recent first. I’ll try to post all within a couple of days of returning to highlight trail or area conditions as well as any wildlife and flora seen along the way. I’ll include links to the hiking guides when available for more information.

Granite Tors West Side

Granite Tors West Side

One of the Welcome Tors at Granite Tors, about 5 miles in on the west side of the loop On Sunday, Cat and I hiked the west side of the Granite Tors loop trail in…

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Murphy Dome Wildflowers

Murphy Dome Wildflowers

Snow arnica was exploding all over Murphy Dome I planned on hiking near Wickersham Dome on Friday, but when I checked the weather radar, it looked like rain and storms were moving into the area….

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Upper Chena Dome Flora

Upper Chena Dome Flora

Looking along the gentle ridge along the Upper Chena Dome Trail at about mile-4 I’m again behind on my writing. It’s been a busy week, and it will be a busy weekend, so I’ll make…

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Nome Creek Wander

Nome Creek Wander

On Saturday, a small crew of a couple of kids and parents from Team Ascension and I headed to the White Mountain National Recreation Area to explore the hills above Nome Creek. It must have…

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Angel Rocks Evening Storms and Flowers

Angel Rocks Evening Storms and Flowers

My first trip was to Angel Rocks on Friday afternoon. The parking lot was fairly empty for what seemed like a beautiful spring/summer afternoon. When I started on the trail, I counted about 15 cars….
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Lower Tors Trail Flora and Fauna

Lower Tors Trail Flora and Fauna

On Monday morning, after Team Ascension’s running club and climbing practice, Cat and I drove out Chena Hot Springs Road to the Granite Tors Trail to take a short walk along the lower trails and…

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The view from the ridge just south of Wickersham Dome. Rain can be seen falling in the valley over the winding Elliott Highway far below while the hillside is showing signs of green-up. Bright sunlight filters in through the dark clouds, illuminating some of the surrounding landscape.

Some photos from home and from Wickersham Dome

Yesterday was a fantastic day of hiking and photography in Alaska. I updated a wildflower guide, captured a black-capped chickadee collecting nest material, and hiked Wickersham Dome, unexpectedly meeting an old friend.
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