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Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures
by Mollie Foster (Falcon Guides)
© 2017 Mollie Foster/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
GREAT TRAIL!! Even though it was a wet one we managed to complete the 15 miles.
Loved this hike far enough out town but not to far.Most the the trail you can still get cell service with the right carrier. And after the long hike a short drive to the hotsprings to soak.
This is a great, but well-populated, over-night trip. The rock formations are truely fantastic, and there's plenty of them. There's also lots of camping at various points both before you get to the top, in the open valley on the top, and just before you start going down again. The valley at the top is a very marshy slog.
We were actually passed by a runner at the start of the trip... then passed again several hours later by the same runner coming back the opposite direction along the loop. Yikes!
This is an excellent, multi-purpose trail. It begins in the boreal forest near the Chena River and ascends through spruce, birch, alder and cottonwoods to the tundra. The trail is well defined at lower elevations but follows rock cairns and tripods through the muskeg. The main attractions are the numerous granite tors, which are great for climbing. There are plenty of tors off the main trail for the adventurous to explore. This trail is a great, but strenuous, day hike and is also perfect for an overnight trip. The trail is a loop, and hikers can take the steep but fast route to the top or the less steep but longer route. This trail offers something for everyone.
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