Blueberries on Long Hill, Chilkoot Trail, Alaska

Leaving the luxuries and thick forest of Sheep Camp, hikers climb into the alpine of ‘Long Hill’ – and eventually the Chilkoot Pass.

During the summer, I work as a backcountry patroller on the Chilkoot trail. This section of trail always surprises me with artifacts surfacing through the melting snow and then slowly disappearing behind the blooming flowers and ripening blueberries! The Chilkoot Trail follows a historic trade route that was traditionally used and maintained by the Tlingit and Tagish people for trade between the coast and the interior.  Blueberries continue to be a subsistence food for both local peoples and wildlife in the surrounding valleys.