Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Hiking the Angel Rocks trail, Fairbanks, AK

     As Interior Alaska's most popular hike, the Angel Rocks trail sees lots of traffic, but because of the looping nature of the trail, we did not see much of a crowd, even on a Sunday.  The trail is a 3.5 mile loop, starting and ending at a pleasant trail head that also has a nice picnic area on the Chena River.  For people wanting a longer excursion, another trail splits off and heads to the Chena Hot Springs offering an 8.5 mile hike, one way.  This route would require a shuttle.
     We had beautiful weather, besides the 30 minute thunderstorm complete with hail.  We took a leisurely pace, snacked at the top, and finished the hike in about 2.5 hours.

The trail was mellow and easy to follow.

The Angel rocks on the horizon.

The girls taking in the view above the Chena River.

Twenty minutes past the Angel Rocks we climbed through a burned area that offered a great view.

Lush and green.  Keep moving if you don't want to become a snack of AK's state bird, the mosquito.

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