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I stayed left of the main river channel the
whole time, although the water didn't look more than knee deep. It was
running quite fast and I had plenty to inspect on the campground side of
Near the beginning of the hike I avoided these smaller
channels by getting on a nearby trail through the low trees and shrubs
for a couple hundred feet . . .
. . . but later on I just
walked through or jumped across some of the little channels so I could
get closer to the main one.
Sometimes the main channel was
obvious from where I was walking:
Sometimes there were so many "braids" that it was harder to see where
the main channel flowed:
Although I took photos both ahead of me to the south and west (as in the
photo above) and behind me to the northeast, I think the better views
were the direction I was going. The mountains (Alaska Range) were higher
and more colorful to the south and west.
The next photos are approaching the bridge. One of the more colorful
mountains in this area is southwest of the bridge:
As I approached the bridge I could see the road better from the river.
In the next picture a tan tour bus is heading toward the Teklanika River
rest area, which I'll show in a little bit:
Most of the time I couldn't see the road from the riverbed.
When I reached the bridge I climbed up to the road, then back down the
other side. I could have just as easily walked under it on the rocks.
This is a view on the other side. I walked only about a quarter of a
mile past the bridge:
Itís too bad Cody canít go with me on hikes like this but dogs arenít
allowed on trails in all or most national parks. He would have loved all
the braids of water today.
I recommend a hike along the Teklanika riverbed if you're ever in
this area of Denali.
After I saw Jim at the bridge I returned to the campground by walking
about two miles on the road.
Cody could have gone on that part of this hike with me,
although it wouldn't have been nearly as much fun as along the river (I
didn't like it as much, either). Dogs are allowed on all the park roads
and in the campground loops.
Jim took this picture of me as I
walked up the road from the riverbed . . .
. . . and I got this shot of him
in the distance as he rode up the hill. The river is down to the
I walked uphill from the river to the large Teklanika River rest area
where shuttle and tour buses routinely stop outbound and/or inbound so
people can 1) use the nice restrooms after riding 30 miles from the
Wilderness Access Center and 2) read the interpretive panels about the
river and view it from a large deck.
I took these pictures in the mile up to the rest area:
Sometimes the views are better
Above and below: colorful
fireweeds along the roadside frame the riverbed.
My curiosity about the overlook at the rest area was what prompted me
to hike back via the road instead of the riverbed so I took several
photos of the place.
Fortunately there weren't very many people there when I arrived and
by the time I left, the tour bus was gone, too.
The views from the deck are very similar to the ones I
took from the road.
One of the interpretive panels described how nomadic
hunters watched for mammoths, bison, and caribou from ridges like this
10,000 to 12,000 years ago. Herds of elk, caribou, and other wildlife
still tend to follow the river corridors in Denali National Park.
While the hunters waited for game to appear they made knives and
sharpened and repaired their weapons on the hillsides.
Archaeologists have unearthed some spear points, chipped blades, and
stone-cutting holders in this area that were used by people who came
here across the Bering Land Bridge while what is now Russia was still
connected to what is now Alaska.
I still had about a mile to walk to the entrance to the campground
along the road. It was nice not having any vehicles pass me. That's also
a big reason Jim loves this road for cycling -- minimal traffic.
Approaching Teklanika Rive Campground from the west
Bus stop next to entrance to our
campground; that's where we'll board a shuttle bus in the morning.
I enjoyed that hike. I'm completely in love with Denali National Park
after four days -- and we haven't even had any superlative views
of The High One from inside the park yet!
Next entry: our first shuttle bus ride into the
interior of the park -- amazing views of Denali + lots of
big wildlife and other fascinating scenery (includes information
about why a Tek Pass is very desirable if you plan to camp inside the park)
"Runtrails & Company" - Sue Norwood, Jim O'Neil,
and Cody the ultra Lab
© 2012 Sue Norwood and Jim O'Neil