Day 1: Leave Fairbanks on scheduled flight to Bettles located on the southern flank of the Brooks Range and the Gates of the Arctic NP. Shuttle to the put-in in smaller air taxi service. Flight takes to the Continental Divide - spectacular scenery. Establish camp. Local day hike. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Most every day will be a combination of paddling downstream in canoes and hiking a side drainage or peak. All these draws lead back up to the continental divide. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: More of the same; keep in mind that caribou should be migrating south through the valley. Upland tundra will be peaking with fall colors. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: As we progress down stream the river will gather up steam and enter a section of considerable rapids. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Each day the Arctic looses 14 minutes of daylight. As the night lengthens, the odds become better and better that we will see the northern lights. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: This is another float and hike day or perhaps hike and float.
Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Last day of floating. We should line up with Arregetch Creek and possibly catch a glimpse of this magnificent granite outcropping. To get an up-close view consider linking this trip with our Arrigetch Boats and Boots trip that follows. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: We meet the pilot today and begin to retrace our journey, this time south bound. The flight back up the river will be a pleasant reminder of the trip and probably will make much more sense then when you flew in. In Bettles, we'll catch the mail plane back to Fairbanks and generally arrive in the late afternoon. Includes: (B), (L).
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