Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Yankee Boy Basin

Four of us got together and ran the old mining road to Yankee Boy Basin. It's not a difficult route. As you get closer to the summit, the road becomes a bit more challenging. The scenery is spectacular.

In one place, millions of tons of rock overhang the old mining road. (above and below)

As you continue up the mountain, you leave the timber as you gain altitude.

 The scree (small rocks that flake off from the granite massif) blocks the glaciated snow in places and forms lakes (below).

The tundra is fragile and it's necessary to take care to stay on the road. The segment of road pictured looks very tame, but there is a steep and winding grade that requires a high-clearance 4x4 to get there.


Opus #6 said...

That looks absolutely gorgeous.

darlin said...

Yikes, that's some pretty narrow roads! Beautiful country and fantastic photos but I think that I'd have a heart attack going over some of the terrain you described.

LL said...

It's a place worth visiting.

I kept wishing my daughters were there. Tammy came with me two years ago -- thought at that time there was so much snow that we couldn't get all the way into Yankee Boy Basin.

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