Yesterday I guided one of my favorite hikes in all of Southeast Alaska, the trek to Baird Glacier. We dropped anchor in Scenery Cove, just off Thomas Bay, and then headed out in our small inflatable boats.
After battling our way through a strong river pushing against us at five knots, creating rapid-like conditions, we landed on a beach of rounded rocks, unloaded, and began our hike.
This area is one of the most uniquely beautiful places I have seen here in Southeast Alaska– as the glacier retreats, it leaves behind a barren landscape that nature begins to fill back in. Delicate, bright green mosses and lichens grow on bare rocks. Small Alder saplings have taken root, and smaller still are the Sitka Spruce saplings just beginning to grow. Dwarf Fireweed decorates the landscape with pops of pink.