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Hiking trails along shuttle bus

fort lauderdale
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Hiking trails along shuttle bus

My wife and I will be indenali in May 2007.We are taking the shuttle bus.We are wondering if there are any hiking trails on the shuttle bus route

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1. Re: Hiking trails along shuttle bus

Denali is one of the only parks without many trails . . .there use to not be any, but there are several now in the Park Headquarters/entrance area. The beauty of Denali is that (other than in closed areas) you can get off the bus and hike anywhere! There are some popular areas - almost all shuttle drivers know where they are and would be happy to drop you off. Make sure your first stop is the visitor center - they'll tell you ahead of time where those great spots are and can mark them on your map. . . or just wait until you see an area that you like. There is still likely to be snow in the Park, just so you know. Hope that helps some. :)

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2. Re: Hiking trails along shuttle bus

There is one well developed trail at Savage River that is well worth taking a hike along. Keep your eye open for marmots, a friendly small mammal you will otherwise not likely see (or hear whistle). Other animals may be there as well, and you have a choice of distances to take.

Otherwise the Park is pretty careful to try to discourage development of trails - paths beaten into the tundra. Thus you can get out most anywhere and make your own trail up a mountain side to the crest and enjoy a magnificent view. If you go up trying to get good Dahl sheep photos, try to get above them and approach them from above - it is easier to get closer that way.

Some additional developed trails are at the Eielson visitor center, which is currently being rebuilt. It is just a mile or two past the Fish Creek stop. Also a great place to follow developed trails is at the Polychrome Pass rest stop. Near the stop they have developed trails, and you can go from these to follow the surrounding ridges or valleys if you wish. This stop is high on the ridge, so it is one of the easiest ways to get a high elevation for a great view.

I hope this is enough to get you started. It seems the topographic maps that were so easily accessible in the old visitor's center are now isolated at the "Back Country" cabin near the new Visitor's Center. Drop in and take a look at the topography, and chat with the people for the best information.

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3. Re: Hiking trails along shuttle bus

great info.. thanks!

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4. Re: Hiking trails along shuttle bus

Very helpful info. We were debating between the tour and shuttle bus and it seems that we'd prefer to have the flexability to get on and off as we please. We can't wait...

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