A network of trails around Syncline Mountain provides access into the backcountry of the Talkeetna Mountains, inhabited primarily by caribou, sheep, miners, and—during the last part of summer—hunters. Two different trips are possible, a circumnavigation of Syncline Mountain and a steep but otherwise straightforward traverse over it.
In late June, watch for the Nelchina caribou herd migration through this area. And look for sheep, black bears, grizzlies, coyotes, wolves, and other wildlife any time. In season, there are blueberries and the gamut of Alaska wildflowers. Both trips are rugged and require routefinding skills and backcountry experience.
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