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    Hi,

    Has ever one of you outdoor folks hiked in the valley of the Clear River in Gates of the Arctic NP?

    Reason for asking is that we are considering a hiking trip down this valley all the way to the confluence with the north fork of the Koyukuk River.

    I hiked the valley partial on a trip in '91 from Chimney Lake to Holmes Pass. Looking at the map of the lower part of the Clear River valley in the area west of Foggytop Mtn. the valley seems to be very narrow.

    So if anyone of you guys hiked there or know the area much better than I do, please leave your comments.

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    Guess not. Do you have coordinates for the valley you are talking about?
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    You can find the Clear River on the Alaskan "Wiseman" 1:250 000 map.

    The confluence of the Clear River with the north fork of the Koyukuk River is located in the vicinity of Moving Mtn.
    N67 38.459 W150 54.414 and the valley extends northeast to N67 50.727 W150 28.283 up to the vicinity of Mt. Doonerak.

    Chimny Pass (N67 45.815 W150 29.69) and the lake with the same name is very close to Clear River.

    N.B.: All coordinates are WGS 84 based.

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    I looked it up on Google Earth. How are you getting there?
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    How I will get there?

    Well that's easy, floatplane to Summit Lake (N684.374 W15027.866) and then hike down the Koyukuk valley south to the point
    (N6756.577 W15029.991) where Amawk Creek flows into the Koyukuk River's north fork.

    Follow Amawk Creek upstream to cross the mountains in a pass east of Wien Mtn. (N6754.726 W15032.137).

    Then follow St. Patricks Creek downstram southbound to its confluence with the Clear River (N6750.46 W15028.201).

    Follow the Clear River downstream to Redstar Lakes (N6740.153 W15059.716).

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