Tombstones Territorial Park: Grizzly Lake, Trailhead to Talus Lake (5 days / 43 km)

Tombstones Territorial Park is an out-and-back backpacking trip on another level entirely. Initially, I wanted to visit because I had seen it named ‘the Patagonia of the North’ - and this motto, despite being a bit silly, definitely rings true. The tundra environment is spectacularly pretty, and the jagged, sheer peaks are impressive, ominous, and jaw-droppingly beautiful all at once.

We visited this remote park, close to the border of Alaska, in the middle of September. It was the perfect t...

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