While out in Kantishna we took half a day to do some hiking in the Kantishna Hills. It was an incredible blue sky day, not too hot, and The Mountain was BOOMING!
I love this high country, tundra walking. Great views and when there is a trail it is smooth sailing :)
Getting higher up in the hills, bringing the Alaska Range into view.
Fairly fresh bear tracks going down the trail.
Looking northwest....beyond the Kantishna hills the Tanana Valley stretches endlessly.
Occasionally you will cross a section where a seeping spring is surfacing and the jungle plants of Alaska (willow and alder shrubs) swallow the route. These are the most dangerous areas to hike through because you can't see what's around the corner, so you just make lots of noise and hope that if there is anything close by it scurries away.
We ran across a ptarmigan family up there complete with mom and dad and more chicks than we could count.
What a day!
A great spot for a picnic before we headed back down to the Roadhouse.
Feeling so blessed :)