We start by hiking up to Chitistone valley and following the Goat Trail through dramatic terrain that will have you snapping pictures at every turn. The Goat Trail was built by miners to gain access to the gold fields. In many places the path is hard to follow but we will be glad to have it as we travel through a section of steep scene slopes. The standard route on this backpacking trek is to drop down to the river after the screen slopes. But instead of descending to the Chitistone River, we remain in the high country for the entire time.
This option also avoids the more difficult stream crossings of the lower route. We hike through the Hasen Creek basin where you can almost count on seeing some of the many mountain goats that inhabit the area. From here we will have two options depending on how much time and energy we have. We can either take a two day loop around the huge mesa or the more direct route that takes the short way around. The longer route is well worth it if we have the time.
Finding a place to camp will not be a problem, thought we might have a hard time selecting from the numerous scenic spots all around. People who take this trip are stunned by the drama of the country through which this route traverses. This is a great adventure through awesome wilderness.
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