Valley of 10,000 Smokes Katmai, Alaska
August 2011. Backpacking into the Valley of 10,000 Smokes, Katmai National Park. The valley is truly unique, a gigantic eruption of Novarupta caused that the whole valley was covered with hundreds of feet of ash layers in which rivers now, about 100 years after the eruption, have carved deep canyons. The ash brown valley is surrounded by white glacier peaks and dense green vegetation. To reach the valley you have to take a water plane to Brooks Camp (where you can watch brown bears) and then catch a bus ride to the entrance of the valley. And then there is wilderness.