Sunday, September 28, 2008

Eklutna Lake

We finally got a chance to head out to Eklutna Lake today. They only let you ride 4-wheelers there on certain days of the week, and on other days, it is limited to bicycles and walkers/runners. The path runs along the bank of Eklutna Lake and goes about 14 miles. It was a blast. Today was absolutely beautiful, and the parking lot was full of people ready to have a great time outside. Eklutna Lake is a large, deep blue lake nestled between the Chugach Mountains. The lake was carved by the retreat of Eklutna Glacier, and is approximately 7 miles long. At the end of the trail, you can get off and walk to the glacier, but we didn't have enough time to check it out today. The park ranger told us that there were a couple of teams of sled dogs training on the trails ahead of us, but we never saw them. They train in the summer months by pulling 4-wheelers instead of sleds. It's pretty impressive to see.

There was a good amount of snow on the mountains. Winter is getting closer. It won't be long now. There is a lot of wildlife in the area, but it was a very active day on the trails, so the only wildlife we saw were a few mountain goats high up on the hill side.

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