Hike into Denali and Whitewater Rafting
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We all had a great day today! Brenda and I slept in the latest, till about 5:30am, some quick breakfast with bagels then it was off to explore Denali. We went for about a 1.5 mile hike just inside the park down to Horseshoe Lake. The elevation drops about 200 feet on the hike but a pretty good hike if you have a group of kids. Our oldest had no problem. A few breaks on the climb out but he really enjoyed it, so it can easily be a hike for a wide range of people.
The hike takes you through a Black Spruce Forest with moss covering the forest floor. Trees were about 30-40 feet tall and as we were told they were probably about 100-150 years old.
Once reaching the lake we found some moose tracks and a bear track right behind it, although probably only a black bear. We were too late to catch them because the tracks were quit fresh. So we missed out on the big animals but there was quite an impressive beaver dam holding back quite a bit of water. The whole hike took us about one hour.
As we returned to the car we drove into the park a little bit further hoping to catch that big wildlife, but you can only drive 15 miles into the park on one road so we were limited.
The Nenana River is glacial fed, so the temperature is about 360 F, and carrying a lot of glacial silt preventing much fish from being able to survive in the water.
I was a little worried about this trip because rafting was my idea and everybody on the trip was a little nervous, especially Grandpa who does not know how to swim. But I got good reviews from everyone, they were all glad we did it and would do it again.