Denali: Unit 29 Tattler Creek

August 12, 2011  •  Leave a Comment

I had a friend visit from Florida and we decided to see if we could grab an overnight permit in the backcountry. We didn't have any ideas of where to go and someone suggested we hike out to the "dance floor" to check out the fossilized footprints. I'd never seen dinosaur tracks before so we had a plan. We got dropped off on a beautiful sunny afternoon and made our way up Tattler Creek.

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We were told where to look and sure enough we were able to find them. Pretty cool to see dinosaur footprints in the wild.

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We kept climbing and made our way to the pass on the northeast side of Sable Mountain. The view looking down into the Big Creek drainage was pretty awesome. 

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The following morning we woke up to rain and snow but explored the area a little bit. The geology in Big Creek was really cool and the color of the rock really popped with the colorful tundra. Once we made it back to our camp we packed up and made the hike back to the road over the pass. We were in our rain gear all day, but it was still a great day in the Wilderness.

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Trip notes: You had to drop pretty far down off the ridge before we were able to find some water to filter. The back side of Sable was very pretty and there's a ton to explore with more time. I'd love to get back there again with a couple more days on the itinerary.

Disclaimer: Denali is a trail-less Wilderness. These maps are approximations of our routes. Please don't take this blog and map to the Denali Backcountry Information Center and say, "I wan't to do this exact trip." They will take good care of you like they did for us. Thanks!

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