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What the rains have wrought

...Program Manager Ed Grossman, is a large boulder that slid over the Trail of Time, just uphill from the bridge over Steep Creek.The boulder slid downhill, partially over the trail, requiring most hikers to step sideways to safely maneuver between...
Public comment meeting scheduled for Mendenhall fee increase

...and season passes would rise from $10 to $15, beginning May 2016. Fee areas may also extend to the Photo Point and Steep Creek Trails, the viewing pavilion and restrooms.Children under age 16 will still enter for free, and the U.S. Forest...
On the Trails: Trailside scrapbook retreated, about 15,000 years ago.Where there was lovely, fresh snow on the ground, the snowshoe hares near Steep Creek had been very busy. Their highways led hither and thither, especially among the young spruces. Out on the silt and...
Empire Editorial: What is the cost of beauty?

...Proceeds won't disappear - they'll be put toward projects in and around the center. Fish habitat will be restored at Steep Creek and the center will take steps toward becoming a place for climate change education. Neary said 90 percent of earnings...
Fee changes proposed for Mendenhall Glacier area also is considering expanding the fee area beyond the visitor center to places popular with tourists, such as the Steep Creek and Photo Point trails, the viewing pavilion and restroom facilities. Those places represent investments in infrastructure...
On the Trails: Little stories on the trail

...move its catch far, far away. Sharing was not an option.In mid-October, the coho were getting ready to spawn in Steep Creek. One of the bear-watchers' favorite bears, a cinnamon female called Nicky for the nick in her left ear, appeared...
Winter hours begin at Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center

...of Change, is played on request when the center is open.Last but not least, bears have been recently sighted near Steep Creek and drivers of Glacier Spur Road are reminded to observe posted speed limits. "Even though the speed cushions have...
Photo: Bears going for a stroll

A black bear sow and her cub walk along the Trail of Time at the Mendenhall Glacier Visitor Center on Wednesday. The pair had just finished eating a freshly caught coho salmon from Steep Creek and moved into the forest in search of ground cones.
On the Trails: Hunting success

One day this fall, I watched a juvenile great blue heron fishing in Steep Creek. In typical heron fashion, it stood motionless for long minutes, then quickly jabbed its long bill down into the water after...
On the Trails: The last throes of summer

...would probably lay her eggs in dead wood or vegetation, where they would overwinter. Meanwhile, the sockeye run in Steep Creek ended, and we await the arrival of the coho. The mallard ducks that visit my home pond are all in brown, eclipse...


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