July 11, 2010

 

We spent the week visiting campgrounds on the Kenai Peninsula. We did have time for a couple of good hikes and some clamming at Deep Creek.

Lost Lake Trail

We think tht the Lost Lake Trail from Primrose Landing Campground is one of the Kenai's nicest hiking trails. It's a well maintained trail that gradually climbs through spruce to the high country and Lost Lake. The distance to Lost Lake is about seven miles, the altitude gain is about 1,600 feet.

It's possible to continue on past Lost Lake and descend again to the highway near Seward. The Lost Lake Breath of Life Trail Run in late August does this, the distance is close to 16 miles one way.

We did this in July, of course, and you'll see in the pictures that the snow at higher altitudes would make doing the whole trail difficult until sometime in August.

Miner's Cabin

Terri Exploring Abandoned Miner's Cabin

 

Kenai Lake

View of Kenai Lake

 

Long Lake
Lost Lake

 

Melting Snow
Melting Snow Along Ridge Above Long Lake

 

Russian River Falls Trail

The Russian River Falls Trail is another beautiful hike. The 2.5 miles from Russian River Campground to the falls is so nice that it's designated as handicap accessible.

From the falls we descended to the river and followed it back to the campgound. The river trail is really a rough fisherman's trail and requires some wading so rubber boots make it much easier.

A brown bear and cub were fishing in the river and stopped our progress for a while. We let her see us in the distance and eventually she and the cub retreated to the far bank and into the trees so we could pass.

Mike At Sign

Mike Ready to Go

 

Russian Falls

Russian Falls

 

Bald Eagle

Bald Eagle Above Falls

 

Russian River

Russian River

 

Brown Bear in River

Brown Bear in River

 

Cub

Brown Bear Cub

 

Fishing the Russian

Fishing the Russian

 

Fishing the Russian

Another Fly Fishing Technique

 

Chasing Razor Clams at Deep Creek

Cook Inlet has some of the best razor clam beds in the country. We were lucky enough to arrive at Deep Creek on a clamming weekend when the tide went waaay out!

Deep Creek is also a launching location for charter boats heading out for halibut. The operation is interesting to watch, they use logging skidders to go far out on the flats to launch and retrive the boats.

One result of the halibut fishing is large numbers of halibut carcases scattered along the beach. This attracts some of the largest numbers of Bald Eagles you'll find anywhere in Alaska.

Group of diggers

Clamming Can Be A Group Activity

 

Lone Digger

Or A Solitary One

 

Eagle on Beach

Eagle on Beach

 

Balmy Clamming Weather

Dressed for Global Warming

 

Lots of Eagles

More Eagles

 

Launching at Deep Creek

Launching a Halibut Boat at Deep Creek

 

Wildlife Sightings For The Week

Moose 6
Brown Bears 2
Bald Eagles - At least 200 of them, probably more.

More photos have been added to our Wildlife Sightings pages.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


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