My husband and I are involved in a project of hiking all the National Parks before 2016 (when we turn 70).
We are most concerned about how we go about hiking in all the 8 national parks in Alaska. We think it will take two trips to the Great north.
We are planning on hiking the lower 6 national parks in the summer of 2011. How would you go about this?
Great question! For those of you readers who watched the PBS Series, The National Parks, you may remember hearing about the Gerkies, who traveled to 27 of 28 U.S. National Parks that were in existence at the time. Now, a modern day couple, Donna and Mike Guthrie, are setting out to hike all 58 national parks in the USA!
I received the above question from Donna, and shared my thoughts below:
Your trip to Alaska will be an adventure for sure! I agree with you that it makes sense to split up your journey into 2 trips, because the best season in Alaska is late May thru early September. The lower 6 National Parks will keep you busy in 2011.
Kobuk Valley National Park is sure an oddity, which you are probably aware of. From what I’ve heard about it, there a lots of sand dunes and temperatures can be over 100 degrees in the summer. That reminds me a lot of Death Valley National Park here in CA (my favorite part of Death Valley are the Sand Dunes!) Kobuk can only be reached by plane, so you’ll have to arrange that. The NPS website has a good list of private operators that you can coordinate with.
Gates of the Arctic National Park is the same situation – you’ve got to fly in! Perhaps you should start your journey to these 2 parks in the town of Bettles (you can get your National Park passport stamped there!). From Bettles you could take 2 separate flights – one to Kobuk, then another to Gates of the Arctic).
It is going to be so exciting! Can I come too? just kidding 😉
Happy trails and safe travels!
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