From Source to Tap

Clear Creek bubbles up right from the forest floor, filtered through the nebulous waterways of the Root Glacier. The creek is indispensable to life in McCarthy.  The water source provides much of the community water used for drinking, bathing, laundry, cooking, etc. Straight from the creek, cupped in handfuls to a person’s lips, the water... Continue Reading →

Jumbo Mine hike

In my opinion, one of the most rewarding/beautiful hikes accessible from the area.  This will take a person through it all - switchbacks with views of the Root Glacier, canopied fern lined trails, stream crossings, flowered ridgelines, and scree fields at the top.  At the crown, situated underneath Castle Peak, there are panoramic vistas of... Continue Reading →

Hidden Creek Lake floods

Every summer the Hidden Creek Lake, a glacier lake ten miles north of town, busts it’s dam.  This usually happens during the first few weeks of July.  When Hidden Creek Lake drains it floods nearby waterways, including the Kennicott River.  The banks corrode, and large chunks of ice charge downstream. For about twenty four hours... Continue Reading →

The Dryas Plant

These plants are informally known as "Little Einsteins". Before blooming, they look like twisted tufts of white hair.  The image below is a Dryas in full bloom, before deseeding.  Similar to the dandelion, the Dryas distributes it's seeds through the wind.  Unlike the dandelion, the Dryas is a "nitrogen fixer", meaning that decomposition leaves a... Continue Reading →

Canoeing the Root Glacier Pools

The Root Glacier, the ancient conveyor of ice, recedes near McCarthy.  This part of the glacier is covered with moraine - rocky debris scraped from the mountains at it’s source.  Underneath this debris lays the actual white ice most people associate with glaciers.  The toe of the glacier, as it’s called, is a wild place... Continue Reading →

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