Nature May 02, 2018
This Rare Phenomenon In Alaska Is Unlike Anything You’ve Ever Seen
Sure, everyone know about volcanoes. But do you know about “mud volcanoes”? Less glamorous than lava spurting through the air, mud volcanoes are an extremely rare phenomenon, and Alaska happens to have several. On the flanks of a mountain in Eastern Alaska lies a series of three mud volcanoes called the Klawasi Group. Head to this remote part of Alaska to hunt the fascinating mud volcano and see a rare phenomenon that happens to lie in the amazing forests of the Wrangell Mountains. You can access the mud volcano at the Tolsona Wilderness Campground.
Tolsona Wilderness Campground
Mile 173 Glenn Highway
Glenallen, AK 99588
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A journey to a mud volcano in Alaska will take you to Tolsona, tucked away near Glenallen in the East. With a population of only 30, it is an ideal place to get away from it all and relax in nature.
The Klawasi group of mud volcanoes lies in the Wrangell Mountains, a pristine place to breath the fresh mountain air and enjoy the peace and quiet. Mud volcanoes rarely occur and are found sporadically across the globe.
Head to this beautiful area of Alaska and stay a few days to take in all the pristine beauty of the area. There are extensive hiking trails, wildflower viewing and berry picking opportunities in the summer months.
The Tolsona Wilderness Campground is located at mile 173 of the Glenn Highway, 27 miles from the park visitor center near Copper Center. This is the easiest place to access a mud volcano in Alaska.
Stay in a tent or RV at the gracious Tolsona Wilderness Campgroud and take the mile-long trail to one of the mud volcanoes. Relax in this beautiful locale while on the mission of exploring this unique phenomenon.
The mud volcano that is most easily accessible is on the private property of the campground. If you want to hike to the mud volcano and don't want to stay at the campground, there is a $5 fee to access the trails.
The fee includes the use of a pleasant site for a picnic, so make an afternoon of it if you are stopping by on your way.
A mud volcano is formed when water is heated deep in the earth and rises up through the layers, mixing with subterranean mineral deposits. The mud rises to the surface and continuously exudes in this area.
The phenomenon looks like a giant barren mud flat dotted with puddles and escaping gasses. Cold, salty springs flow continuously, even in the winter.
The Klawasi group of mud volcanoes is just one more fascinating phenomenon to discover in Alaska. Head to this remote and wild part of the state to see the mud volcanoes for yourself.
If you want to learn about an enormous Alaskan volcanic explosion,
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