Juneau’s pre-gold cultural hub

The hill to the east of Auke Lake—named “Hill 560” by my mentor Dan Bishop—is underlain by limey slate and phyllite, Juneau’s most productive parent material for large-tree forest. The steep northwest-facing slopes of this hill are also protected from gales that in most other locations knock down conifers presumptive enough to stick their crowns too high in the air. Here’s a quadcopter view of what used to be one of Juneau’s tallest Sitka spruce:

Unfortunately, in 2015, the top of this magnificent spruce was removed, apparently because it constituted a hazard to the trail.

aukeleaneraudio from Richard Carstensen on Vimeo.

1991 Hydrologist Dan Bishop at portal to the Dan Bishop Bay Creek Trail. Dan was a mentor to early Discovery naturalists.

1991 Hydrologist Dan Bishop at portal to the Dan Bishop Bay Creek Trail. Dan was a mentor to early Discovery naturalists.


View over Auke Lake to Mendenhall Glacier, September 2012.

View over Auke Lake to Mendenhall Glacier, September 2012.

 

 

 

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Auke Lake Trail Interpretive Signs

This three-part sign array offers information on the natural history, geology, and bio-culture of the Auke Lake Trail. You can download the three signs below:

Introduction (3MB): PDF_Download

Geology (2MB): PDF_Download

Bioculture (2MB): PDF_Download

 

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Natural History of Auke Lake Trail

This guide to the Auke Lake Trail is part of a series by Richard Carstensen on Juneau watersheds.  You’ll learn about the plants, habitat, and geology of the area as you walk along the guide’s eight stations on the trail.

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Natural History of Juneau

Natural History of Juneau Trails: A Watershed Approach

$24.00

If you or someone on your gift list enjoys Juneau’s outdoors, this book is for you.  It is packed with information for the hiker, hunter, or any student of the outdoors.  Richard’s insightful text, full color maps, and dozens of recent and historic photographs explain the landforms, water features, and natural environments Juneau residents navigate every day.  Dive in for a whole new understanding of the areas you love to explore, with one of Southeast Alaska’s foremost naturalists.