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Victor Creek TrailSouth, AK
South, AK
Hiking avatar Jul 04 2014
Hiking3.30 Miles 1,000 AEG
Hiking3.30 Miles   1 Hour   40 Mns   1.98 mph
1,000 ft AEG
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This was my last night during our family vacation here for a 2-3 hour hike, so I researched carefully to select it. There's an intangible emotion one experiences when hiking in the Alaskan wilderness. It's impossible to put into words. I savored that feeling for years, 15 to be exact, after my summer livng in Denali as a college student. Tonight, I felt it again.

The Victor Creek trail starts off in lush, thick forest with a significant incline. The vistas when they pop up after that climb are of far off glaciers on snow-capped mountains in the background, lush forest in the foreground, and the roaring Victor Creek about a hundred feet below. That roar is ever-present from start to finish of the hike. Occasionally it's interrupted by small streams that requires crossing, each one surrounded by explosions of Arctic rose (pink) and wild geranium (blue and purple). See what I mean about the impossible task of conveying the emotion of seeing that view? Words do it no justice.

The endpoint of the trail was difficult to pinpoint through research. The official map pegs it at about 1.4 miles, but other maps and descriptions imply that it goes on. I should have stopped at 1.4. At about 1.6, I turned a corner and saw an extremely fresh pile of bear scat. I was foolishly a solo hiker here. My only weapon was a heavy stick I'd nervously held on to (pictured in the photoset, because it was my friend). I spent about 0.002 seconds to see the scat, decide it was bear, decide it was fresh (possibly within 15 minutes or less), and decide to run like hell in the reverse direction to go home.

Between the vistas, the fresh mountain smells, and the adrenaline of a feared bear encounter, I got my money's worth. I'll miss you, Alaska.

Some video I took from this and a couple other hikes:
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Colors galore

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"Facts are stubborn things; and whatever may be our wishes, our inclinations, or the dictates of our passions, they cannot alter the state of facts and evidence." --John Adams

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