The first week of the trip we will hike up Arrigetch Creek to the vicinity of the imposing Arregetch peaks and base camp there for day hikes. The last three days we will drift a short 20 mile section down the placid Alatna to our pickup lake. This is clearly a great way to high grade the Gates of the Arctic National Park for its finest treasures. Combining it with the Upper Alatna trip and you will create an unsurpassed outing of a lifetime (August 18 - September 3).
Day 1: Leave Fairbanks on scheduled flight to Bettles located on the southern flank of the Brooks Range and gateway to the Gates of the Arctic NP. Shuttle to the put-in in smaller air taxi service - spectacular scenery. Establish camp. Local day hike. Includes: (L), (D).
Day 2: Begin hiking up Arrigetch Creek to our base camp. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 3: Finish hike to Base camp at the foot of the most remarkable granite outcroppings in Alaska. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 4: First day of day hiking in upper valley. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 5: Second and last full day of day hiking. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 6: Linger one last long morning before descending to Alatna. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 7: Finish hike to the river. Set up boats. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 8: First day of paddling, with afternoon hike up nearby ridge. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 9: Continue south to pick-up lake. Time for one last ridge walk in afternoon. Includes: (B), (L), (D).
Day 10: Portage gear to pick-up lake, meet pilot and fly back to Bettles. Return to Fairbanks in second plane to trip finale. Includes: (B), (L).
Note: Groups of 4 receive a discount.
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