WHAT DOES YOUR HIKING ITINERARY LOOK LIKE?
- Day 1 – 13 miles to Sheep Campground with 1,000 of feet elevation gain
- Day 2 – 7.5 miles to Happy Campground with 3, 000 feet of elevation and a border crossing
- Day 3 – 8.5 miles to Bare Loon Lake Campground with minimal elevation
- Day 4 – 4 miles to the train station for lunch (prepaid for!) then taking the train back to Skagway
HEATHER’S PACKING VIDEO
HOW ARE YOU FEELING?
I’m very excited and nervous all in one about this adventure. I know that Finch and I are capable of completing the hike. We previously backpacked the Kesugi Ridge, which is 34 miles three weekends ago in 2 nights and 3 days, one day less than this trip. The catch is my friends came along so I had the comfort of another family, plus I got a total of approximately 5 minutes of free hands per day. I tried my best not to ask for any help the entire trip but broke down when I knew I could get it during tent setup and water collection. Unlike the Kesugi Ridge hike, this hike allows 50 people per day and the permits were sold out for the days I’m hiking, so my goal is to meet other hikers and not be shy about asking for assistance if I need it. This will probably be the hardest part of the trip, not getting any breaks from Mom duties. Finch has spent every weekend in the tent for the past five weekends, so we’re pretty used to set up, take down and sleeping in a tent nowadays so things should be pretty easygoing.