Exploring Kuskulana Glacier Moraine and River


Our 1994 trip to Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park was a great opportunity to explore the surrounding area.  We motored our ATV’s along the gravel bars of the Kuskulana River and headed east toward the head waters and the terminus of the Kuskulana Glacier.  Every day during our stay it rained, we always wore our rain gear, rubber boots, hats and rubber gloves.  I also packed sketchbook and inking pens wrapped securely inside a plastic bag and stowed in my waist pack, along with camera, lenses, bottle of water, food, and bear spray.  I was loaded down for hiking, but riding on our 4-wheelers made traveling easier.

We investigated pools of turquoise water and found sand bars at the base of the glacier in the rain, brown bear tracks dotted the mud, and a beautiful rainbow glowed over the glacial moraine.  We headed back to the cabin driving up a ridge alongside the glacier for a better view of the area.

This is the view looking down on the glacier moraine far below.  With darkness descending we returned to the cozy cabin for dinner and relaxed, me with my sketch book and Bob reading.  Tomorrow we decided to find the ruins of an abandoned mine in the area.

More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist

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