Last updated: November 25, 2020
What follows is a general flow of events. Expect the unexpected and prepare to be flexible.
Meet your guide for a pre-trip meeting at 4 pm in Fairbanks at Arctic Wild headquarters.
Fly north from Fairbanks across the Yukon River into the Gates of the Arctic National Park, landing near Arrigetch Creek and beginning our adventure. We plan on hiking towards the peaks this afternoon, but the weather and your desires will dictate the schedule.
August 31 - Sept 3
The trip is less than 30 miles, but some of the terrain is difficult. There are no constructed trails and six miles with packs is enough to make you feel you have earned your dinner. It usually takes a couple days of hiking to get into the high alpine basins. Once in the high country, we have some time to explore the spires, tarns and high passes. The descent back to the Alatna Valley is easier than the ascent, as we will have lighter packs and trail-hardened legs.
Await the arrival of our bush plane. The busy world awaits. BUt before re-entering civilization we will wing westward and land in the Kobuk Dunes for a visit to this unique feature in a very remote part of Alaska. As the day wanes we return back to Fairbanks.