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…]