Archive for November, 2011

Alaska’s Kigluaik Mountains

Alaska’s Kigluaik Mountains

A Rugged Range above Nome for Year-Round Backcountry Adventuring The Kiguluaik Moutains are inviting for their ruggedness and awesome beauty. Visitors will find all kinds of superb recreational opportunities, from fishing, hiking, backpacking, mountaineering and backcountry skiing to snowmobiling, dog mushing and photographing wildlife. There is evidence of early gold seekers, who entered this region [...]

Kickin’ Back on the Kenai

Kickin’ Back on the Kenai

A Mellow Traveler Cuts His Own Path Across an Alaskan Trove About the only thing that isn’t overpriced in Alaska is advice. Folks still dispense it for free just like in the Lower 48, and right now I’m getting a friendly earful. “Don’t hesitate when you’re here ’cause you may not ever be here again,” [...]

National Historic Trails – Iditarod

National Historic Trails – Iditarod

Jurisdiction: Bureau of Land Management Established: 1978 Route: 2,450 miles, main route 900 (3,945 km, main route 1,450) The Iditarod is a system of historic trails made famous by Alaska gold prospectors and their dog teams during the late 19th and early 20th century gold rush. Most of the trail is usable only during Alaska’s [...]

Glacier Bay National Park Hiking

Glacier Bay National Park Hiking

Hiking in Glacier Bay is generally a true on-your-own, wilderness experience. Access to the backcountry generally requires a drop-off by tour boat or float-plane. There are no backcountry trails, but beaches, recently deglaciated areas, and alpine meadows offer excellent hiking. Backcountry users should be self-sufficient and fully equipped and provisioned. Cook stoves are necessary— wood [...]

Gates of the Arctic National Park

Gates of the Arctic National Park

Arctic Alaska is one of the greatest wilderness areas in the world. It is a delicate balance of tundra, boreal forest, coastal plains, and mountains. It’s vastness is deceiving because the Arctic ecosystem is extremely fragile and is easily impacted by man’s activities. The Arctic climate produces permafrost and marginal growth conditions for vegetation. Land [...]

Denali National Park

Denali National Park

The rewards of hiking in Denali are many: spectacular vistas, encounters with wildlife, and the experience of being alone in wilderness. However, Denali has practically no trails. Most hiking is cross-country. Be prepared for uneven terrain, streams and brush. The different Denali terrains present distinct challenges, as well as distinct fascinations. The taiga forest, found [...]

Exploring Alaska on Foot

Exploring Alaska on Foot

A Roundup of Spectacular Places Alaska’s land area is nearly equal in size to half of the rest of the United States. Imagine traveling from San Diego to Atlanta, and you’ll have grasped the approximate east-west span of this great land. Alaska can be broadly divided into a number of topographically distinct regions, each of [...]

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