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We had scheduled three nights at Bettles to give us a better chance of having good weather and being able to fly to the two parks. We were fortunate to have good weather and were able to fly to both, Kobuk Valley and Gates of the Arctic National Parks on Sunday, the first of the two full days that we were there.
Kevin, the pilot for …
Saturday, July 18, 2015
The sun is shining brightly so we should be able to take our hike as planned after biscuits and gravy breakfast.
It clouds up as we start our hike, the temperature is cool but good for hiking. The mosquitos don't seem to be too bad which is a little surprising. The Marion Creek Trail Head is labeled but that is the only sign we will see. Early on the trail is fairly steep but ...
... passed away and they turned her home into this chapel to honor her. They also have their own cemetery of course. It is a 20 minute walk to it and we probably should have checked it out but didn’t…next trip!
We score the 2nd geocache on the way out and head back to camp. The rain gods were with us as it did not rain a drop while we were in Wiseman but rained both before and after. We decide to drive back ...
... the way in pull overs.
Our next stop is Finger Mountain BLM Wayside. It is a pull over which features rock formations and Finger Mountain is off in the distance somewhat but is big enough that early pilots used it as a guide to “point” the way to Fairbanks. We found two caches there, one an Earth Cache that requires a response you can only get from an interpretive panel at the site and another regular ...
After a photo of the bunch of us who made it to the top, we set off and have a cracking ride back to Coldfoot on the same road we had traveled the day before.
We are now used to the different types of gravel surfaces, the dry mud the wet mud and the roadworks, so we all make it back without incident. The Atigan pass and its mountain were just as stunning as went we had written the route yesterday.
It has been great to make it to the very top of Alaska, an achievement I ...