USGS 1:63 360 Series Topographic Map Lake Clark C3 & D3 & D2
Fly in to Telaquana Lake. Fly out from Turquoise Lake. A float or amphibious plane is required in order to land on these lakes in the summer, as neither have beaches suitable for a wheeled plane to land. Planes operating on wheels or skis may land on either lake in the winter if ice conditions are suitable.
Moderate trail-less hiking over rolling alpine tundra, steep rocky passes, and glacier travel.
Spectacular mountain scenery, opportunities for adventure and solitude.
Potential river crossings. Glacier travel required. Bears.
Begin along the south shore of Telaquana Lake and head south to the Trail creek drainage. Trail creek is alpine country that turns into rocky glacial moraine. Watch out for lose boulders as you climb up the steep rocky pass and descend down the steeper and rockier north side of the pass. You'll emerge onto a wide glacier that is one of the most gentle glaciers in the park. If you follow the glacier downhill, then walk along the river that emerges from it, you will end up at Turquoise Lake. This route may be modified by reversing the direction of travel, or continuing on to Twin Lakes.
Campsites and Food Storage
Food and toiletry items must be stored in approved bear resistant canisters if camping within 1/2 mile of Telaquana, Turquoise, or Twin Lakes. Bear resistant canisters are highly recommended on this trip even if you plan on camping away from the lakes due to the lack of suitable trees to hand food. Canisters can be rented for free at the park visitor center in Port Alsworth. You should also cook at least 100 yards away from your camp to avoid an association made by bears between your camp and your food. Set up camp away from bear trails and feeding areas, including salmon-bearing stream banks. Please follow leave no trace ethics and park rules and regulations when choosing campsites, storing food, and building campfires.