Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, where the Alaska and Aleutian ranges meet, has been called the Alaskan Alps. Set in the heart of the Chigmit Mountains along Cook Inlet's western shore, the park boasts great geologic diversity. Its jagged peaks, granite spires, glaciers, two active volcanoes, and 50-mile-long Lake Clark provide a dazzling array of scenery. Fed by hundreds of waterfalls throughout its rimming mountains, the lake is part of an important red salmon spawning ground. These features combine to create a maze of natural river running and hiking routes providing spectacular wilderness experiences.
Brown and black bears, caribou, moose, DaII sheep, salmon, and trout inhabit these scenic environs. Within the park and preserve are coastal lowlands of spruce and marshes, alpine meadows, and tundra plains backed by ever-changing mountain scenes.
Access: Air charters from Anchorage, Kenai, or Iliamna. Lodging ranges from primitive to modern and luxurious, and is offered by private operators in the park and preserve.