A TripAdvisor™ TripWow slideshow of a travel blog to Denali National Park and Preserve, United States by TravelPod blogger Jennasmith titled “Savage River Hike”
Jennasmith’s travel blog entry:
“Today’s is a long one.
So today I went on my first hike into the National Park. Very cool. We (my hiking buddy, Cindi – she’s from Colorado and used to the altitude and hiking) decided on Savage River. It’s about 15 miles into the park and relatively moderate hiking once you leave the maintained trail and head on the social trail. The weather was perfect, except for the wind.
(Here’s my nerdy side coming out) Savage River trailhead: 63.73916°, -149.29111°.
Denali National Park: There are over 1200km of faults in the park.
Generally there are over 600 seismic events in the park every year,
most are less than M1.5 and are rarely felt by humans. Because of the
ongoing activity, Denali (the mountain) is growing about 1mm every
year. The oldest terrane and rock, the Yukon-Tanana, are actually found
near the park entrance. Most rock seen in the park are basalts,
rhyolites, and other volcanic and/or metamorphic rock. As of today,
almost 2/3 of the roads into the park are open, with the last 20 miles
still undergoing rennovations from winter. The rangers are looking for
“discovery” trail volunteers – people to go with the rangers on unknown
trail (ie trails that have not been open since last year or before) to
see if they are in good condition; or to go into the backcountry to
clear parts of the land. No, I will not do that – quite beyond my skill
level of hiking/climbing. But it sounded fun anyway.
On the way there, we came across some Caribou. Also, we were some of the few lucky ones – “the 30% percent club” – that saw Denali (or Mt McKinley). She was hiding partly behind a cloud, but we could make her out behind another hill. That’s 2 for 2 with me. Guess I’m part of the 100% club, ha ha.
(Here’s your lesson for the day) The blue ice: “ice is blue for the same reason water is blue: it is a result of an overtone of a oxygen-hydrogen (O-H) bond stretch in water which absorbs light at the red end of the visible spectrum”. Touching the ice can cause serious results. It can freeze to your moist skin instantaneously; cause frostbite 5x times faster; the list goes on. The blue ice we found was not quite this cold, as we were only at 3400 feet. Really neat, none-the-less.
We hiked about 4 miles total. Long for me, who’s not used to being 3000+ feet in elevation, going on some 40 degree angles up and down, with the patches of snow and ice. Of the animals we found were the Dalls Sheep, Snowshoe Hares, Ptarmigan birds, Swallows, and Marmots.
We decided to start walking along the road back towards the entrance, mostly because we were bored sitting, waiting for the bus and didn’t want to miss it (again). We walked about 2 more miles. When we flagged down the bus, the driver said that they had seen a Grizzly on mile 12. (You with me here?) Wow, we thought, how cool. Savage River is 14.5 miles into the park. We walked a little over 2 miles. We were less than 1/2 a mile from the Grizzly. We couldn’t help but laugh in our fear that we were that close and it had started walking our way apparently. Creeped us out. On the bus back, we saw a couple of female moose walking around through the trees.
Anyway, once back from the hike, we went to a local coffee shop (which had remarkably good tortilla soup) to hang out for a little before heading back to the Village, where I got to spend my evening doing laundry. Fun times ”
Read and see more at: http://www.travelpod.com/travel-blog-entries/jennasmith/1/1244001367/tpod.html
Photos from this trip:
3. “Attack Snowshoe bunny”
4. “Savage River”
5. “Dalls Sheep”
6. “Me (finally)”
7. “Check out the avalanche shoot”
8. “Blue ice”
9. “Avalanche shoot”
10. “Small waterfall”
11. “Denali Park”
13. “Hitching back”
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