I spent my first few days in Denali National Park, Alaska, on adventures with my friends Carla, Qionghua, and Mickey. We mostly stuck to the Savage Creek area near the entrance to the park.
After they left, though, I wanted to get further in to the backcountry. Savage River was mostly wet tundra and low mountains, and I hoped to find more of the classic Denali landscape of gravel bars and jagged peaks. I had just enough time to squeeze in a two-night solo backpacking trip before I’d need to return to Anchorage to catch my flight home. So, I bought a ticket on a park bus out to Unit 10, the west fork of the Toklat River.