Finding Mt. Blackburn


More from my journal notes from a trip to a cabin near Nugget Creek in the Wrangell-St. Elias National Park, Alaska, in 1994.

Every day we drove to a spot along the trail where we were pretty sure we could view Mt. Blackburn, the highest peak in the Wrangell mountains.  I remember seeing a painting by famous Alaska artist, Fred Machetanz, of Blackburn from somewhere near this location and I wanted to see it for myself.  But, the continuous rain and clouds kept visibility low.  The mountain is 16,390 feet in elevation, and even though we could often see the foothills, the peak evaded us.

During our last evening at the cabin the clouds cleared and we raced down the trail to our vantage point to finally see the mountain exposed!  We were disappointed that this was not the view we were seeking, clearly we needed to be further up the ridges and on the right side of the glacier to find the view we sought.  Even though, it was a gorgeous sight and worth the effort.  Tomorrow we planned to pack and leave, this had been a good trip.

More tomorrow,

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist

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