Boreal Mountain, Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska
Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska| Map |
Gates of the Arctic National Park is so remote and virtually unknown to travelers that only a few of its landmarks have even been given names – but Boreal Mountain is one of them. Primarily a destination for mountain climbers, or “peak-baggers,” Boreal Mountain is still the setting for a lovely green river valley, perfect for wilderness camping, hiking and fishing. Like most areas in Gates of the Arctic, Boreal Mountain can only be reached by plane, boat or by hiking in. Local outfitters bring travelers in for one to two-week camping stays, but groups planning to visit should nonetheless be well-accustomed to rugged conditions. Once at the mountain, it’s easy to see why it was worth the effort: Thousands of years of glacial movement, water and geothermal activity have carved a wildly varying landscape of towering cliffs, winding rivers and dramatic vistas, full of migrating birds, minks, bear and thousands of migrating caribou. Boreal Mountain may be a most unusual vacation destination, but one to treasure forever.
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Those looking to climb the mountain should do much research and study the topographic map.
Address: Gates of the Arctic National Park, Alaska| Map