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Backpacker Magazine – August 2010

New Life List: See a Grizzly

Coming face to face with the biggest predator in North America might just alter your worldview.

by: Michael Lanza


RESOURCES Getting there From Anchorage, take AK 1 34.2 miles north to AK 3, which leads 204 miles to the park headquarters.  Guidebook Denali National Park: Guide to Hiking, Photography and Camping, by Ike Watts ($22; denaliguidebook.com). Map Buy appropriate quads at the visitor center. Rip & Go Click here for a 14.6-mile Denali loop with turn-by-turn directions and tracklog. Contact (907) 683-9649; nps.gov/dena

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Take a float plane to a backcountry cabin in the Kodiak National Wildlife Refuge (there are nine; reserve at recreation.gov) and strike out on dayhikes. Nearly 3,000 Kodiak, a huge brown bear subspecies, roam the island. visitwildalaska.com

About 300 griz roam the backcountry of Glacier National Park. Tour its deepest corners on a 54.8-mile, six-day loop from Two Medicine Lake, linking the Continental Divide and Highline Trails. (406) 888-7800; nps.gov/glac 




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