By Eric Troyer
Party: Eric Troyer
Trip Location: Granite Tors East Trail
Access: Trailhead at Mile 39.5 Chena Hot Springs Road
Trip Date: Thursday, August 24, 2017 (and Saturday, August 12) [Read more…]
By Erika Miller
We were eight people and two dogs. We met at the Pedro Monument and then carpooled to Skoogy Gulch.
We were looking for Bob Pettit’s rock that he climbed in 1968 but couldn’t remember its location was. Because he mentioned water coming out of the hill from a pipe and there is a water pipe at Skoogy Gulch, it seemed a likely prospect.
Jim Deininger knew the area and we hiked on a good mining road to a caved-in drift mine (hard rock). We then continued hiking up the hill along the power line with a good view of the hill on each side. Since it was early in the year, the visibility through the trees was good. We saw an old caterpillar and an old truck in Sgoogie Gulch and mining equipment including a trailer (to haul stuff with) upside down off the trail but no rock.
The trail ended at the True North Mine Road where we admired the views, but no Bob’s rock. True North did a good job of reclamation. Jim explained why the mining stopped. The gold in that area is in the shist and far too expensive to get the gold out. We passed the road going up to Pedro Dome but didn’t hike up since I knew where weren’t any rocks (tors) up there.
We then hiked back and stopped at Silver Gulch. It was a nice afternoon, not a very long hike and although it was not a success finding Bob’s rock, we saw another bit of the Fox area.
Party: Eric Troyer, Jay Cable, Jill Homer, Beat Jegerlehner
Trip Location: Tolovana Hot Springs, off the Elliot Highway.
Access: Take Steese Highway north. Go straight at Fox to get on the Elliot (turning right keeps you on the Steese). Turn left just after Livengood to stay on the Elliot (going straight puts you on the Dalton Highway). Parking area is at Milepost 93 Elliot Highway, on the south side of the road.
Trip Date: Saturday and Sunday, December 26-27, 2015 [Read more…]
Dayhike above Canwell Glacier
By: Jim Trombley
Trip date: June 27, 2015
Photos by: Candis Johnson and Inna Rivkin
Hot weather and lightning made for a busy fire season at the beginning of summer 2015. Some hikes were cancelled due to smoke. Many suffered as wildfires raged throughout the interior. For weeks, Fairbanks had smoke in all directions. A small group of us got away from the smoke by traveling to the Eastern Alaska Range south of Delta Junction. The plan was to hike to a viewpoint above the massive and scenic Canwell Glacier. Candis, Sophia, Aaron, Inna, Holly, and I had the pleasure of sharing the trail with Sophia’s energetic and sweet dog, Stella.
The day began with brilliant blue sky, sometimes strikingly clear, sometimes ripped with tatters of cloud. A fierce, biting wind came off the mountainside to test our layering. Occasionally, we were spattered by bursts of hail that seemed to come out of nowhere. [Read more…]