Caribou Creek

Slana, Alaska

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A developed lower trail with easy access to alpine, to connect with ridges for longer, overnight treks in the Mentasta Mountains. A relatively simple hike on an old all-terrain-vehicle track, the Caribou Creek Trail leads into alpine country about as painlessly as possible, and from there the choices are yours. The rugged, high valley above the end of the trail invites exploration, and a few steep but nontechnical routes lead up the ridges on either side of the creek. You can also hike all the way to the summit ridge of the Mentasta Mountains, at the head of the drainage. The view is spectacular from the divide, particularly to the east toward Noyes Mountain, and the ridge rambling is fine, if steep in places, for several miles east and west along the ridgeline

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"A developed lower trail with easy access to alpine, to connect
with ridges for longer, overnight treks in the Mentasta Mountains.
A relatively simple hike on an old all-terrain-vehicle track, the Caribou Creek Trail
leads into alpine country about as painlessly as possible, and from there the choices
are yours. The rugged, high valley above the end of the trail invites exploration, and
a few steep but nontechnical routes lead up the ridges on either side of the creek.
You can also hike all the way to the summit ridge of the Mentasta Mountains, at the
head of the drainage. The view is spectacular from the divide, particularly to the east
toward Noyes Mountain, and the ridge rambling is fine, if steep in places, for several
miles east and west along the ridgeline"

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Slana
Distance: 1.5-3 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Best mid-June to mid-September
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve, Slana Ranger Station, Mile 0.5 Nabesna Road, PO Box 885, Slana, AK 99586; (907) 822-7401; www.nps.gov/wrst
Local Maps: USGS Nabesna C-5, National Geographic Wrangell–St. Elias National Park and Preserve
Driving Directions: Directions to Caribou Creek

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May 2018