Day 1 – Dyea Trailhead to Sheep Camp, 13 miles

A long day of hiking through some amazingly lush forest. After last minute errands and breakfast, our hotel provided a shuttle to the trail for a 9 am start. Of course the obligatory trailhead sign picture had to be taken first.

The trail immediately started straight uphill and then straight downhill. After this initial lung buster the trail flattened out. We made great time to Finnegan’s Point at mile 5. We stopped at the picnic bench and had a quick snack. We stopped at a nice creek with rushing water falls for lunch.

The trail slowly continued up through the lush forest. Even though the forest seemed wet and lush, the area has been under an extreme drought. One could tell that the moss was suffering.

The plan was to stay our first night at Pleasant Camp at mile 10.7. However we felt good and there was plenty of daylight so when we encountered a ranger on the trail we asked if we could continue on to Sheep Camp. She said that would be fine and we “leap frogged” with the ranger for a couple hours.

Just after passing through Pleasant Camp Jeff saw a black bear on the other side of the creek not 60 feet away. After Jeff clacked his trekking poles and introduced himself as human the bear retreated to the forest – sorry no photo.

Sheep Camp had about 30 hikers and a large communal shelter in which to gather and cook meals. We met groups from various parts of Alaska as well as a young couple from Yellowknife Alberta.

We also realized that most of the hikers were either from Alaska or Canada.

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