Trip Start Mar 04, 2005
253Trip End Dec 31, 2014
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Trapper Creek RV Park & Inn
We are once again spending a couple of days visiting an area that is a bit off the beaten track by most travelers - that is except the ones on cruise ships. The caravans pass through this area but don't stop and by the looks of the campgrounds in the area neither do most independent travelers.
Trappers Creek is located about half way between Anchorage and Denali National Park. The 'town' consists mainly of the campground/gas station/restaurant & lodge that we are staying at. The campground is probably one of the nicer ones we have stayed at here in Alaska. The sites are in the trees, full hookup with wi-fi for under $25 a night. The park as a large laundry room that is reasonably priced - at least for this area along with a fuel station and mini-mart
After arriving and setting up Ken & I took a drive down the the Petersville Road in hopes of seeing "the Mountain". The drive was very scenic but, alas, no Mountain. We awoke the next morning to bright blue skies and immediately jumped in the truck and hit the road. We hadn't even gotten out of the campground driveway when we got our first glimpse of Denali ( aka Mt. McKinley, more on that in a later entry ) We continued driving, about 20 miles, to the the South Denali viewpoint, all along calling our fellow travellers to get out of bed and head north!
What a thrill, when we first hit the road the mountain was out in all her glory. As the morning progressed the clouds rolled in and little by little she became obstructed. It is said that less than 25% of folks who come to this area see "the mountain". We can now count ourselves amongst that luck number, twice!
After returning to the campground we had a delayed group breakfast and than headed out for the town of Talkeetna. Touted as 'small town, authentic Alaska', and used as one of the towns for the show Northern Exposure, this is the jumping off point for most folks who climb Denali. It is, indeed, cute but also a bit on the touristy side as alot of the cruise ships bring tour buses out here. We did a little shopping, a little beer drinking ( they have a brewery here ) and spent a couple of hours taking in a free concert in the park. Talkeetna is also one of the places where you can get an excellent view of Denali but by the time we got here you couldn't even tell there was a mountain off in the distance...it's amazing how quickly things can change up here!