13-Jul-2016 -- This is the fifth out of 11 reports on confluence visits in Canada’s Yukon Territory and Alaska. The story starts from 61°N 137°W and continues from 62°N 147°W.
We visited this confluence on our way from Anchorage to Fairbanks. The George Parks Highway not only links those two cities with each other, but also links this confluence which is located 2.5 km east of the highway. Due to the nearby residential areas of Caswell there is a road network that brought our car within 308 m to the confluence point.
The only difficulty seems to be a swamp that required Matt Taylor to step into waist deep water. This is also the confluence where the famous GPS picture had been taken.
We however had to simply cross an ankle deep creek and after hiking 10 minutes, we had reached the confluence point. As expected, it lies in a typical spruce forest with some birch trees in-between. Interestingly, we found a huge birch boletus 5 m from the confluence point. We took it with us and it later became part of our lunch.
We took the same way back to the car. All in all it took us one half an hour between leaving and entering again George Parks Highway.
After driving half an hour on the highway, we reached the touristic viewpoint to Mount Denali (here through a telescope) which is the highest mountain in North America.
CP Visit Details:
- Distance to a road: 300 m
- Distance to a track: 300 m
- Distance of car parking: 308 m
- Time to reach the confluence from car parking: 10 minutes
- Time at the confluence: 10:21 AM
- Measured height: 83 m
- Minimal distance according to GPS: 1 m
- Position accuracy: 4 m
- Topography: flat
- Vegetation: spruce, birch, birch boletus, moss
- Weather: sunny, 23° C (felt temperature)
- Given Name: The Birch Boletus Confluence
The story continues at 64°N 149°W.