Autumn in the White Mountains

Autumn in the White Mountains
Autumn in the White Mountains – Photo of the Week ending September 12, 2021 | Purchase Print
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I got a late start in the afternoon on Sunday. But, it was a perfect day, so I had to get out! It looked like I had just enough time to do a hike in the Nome Creek area that I’ve been hoping to do and map for a while. I’m calling this the Mt. Prindle front-country, a route that partially runs along the Fairbanks North Star Borough line through the White Mountains.

It turns out to be a very reasonable, easy-to-navigate, 8-mile loop hike across the tundra. It has some nice views and mostly good footing for a tundra wander. It intersects another hike I’ve done further in, so there is potential for a 12-mile loop and a 20-mile loop from the same starting point. All would be mostly backcountry and would be an alternate route to the soggy Nome Creek Trail (or at least make it one-way travel on the buggy, wet path). I feel it’s a great route for people with some hiking experience that want to get into more off-trail backcountry travel. I’ll be working on the map and write-up for my hiking guide this week, so look for it soon!

The photo above was taken on the off-trail route on the way back down to the Nome Creek Trail. The sun was moments away from dipping below the hills to the west, so this was the last glancing light in the valley. The fall colors were gorgeous! I absolutely love these scraggly little stands of spruce that dot the tundra. It was amazing how fast the temperature changed in the minutes following this shot. Luckily, it was very near the trail, with only about a 15-minute walk back to the creek crossing and parking area. I’m really hoping I can get at least one more trip out to the area before the winter weather sets in!

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