Hiking Angel Rocks

Megan Earle, student worker at SSS, wrote the following to entice you to join us on our Angel Rocks hike!

Picture from OWAA.org

If you are joining SSS for our Angel Rocks hike on August 24th, or still thinking about tagging along, here is some information about the hike!

The trail is located at milepost 48.9 on Chena Hot Springs Road and is a 3.5 mile loop with a 900 ft. elevation gain. While on the hike, you will get to see magnificent granite outcrops, also known as tors, which were formed millions of years ago as the result of molten rock being pushed upward and cooling before it reached the surface. The surrounding earth has slowly eroded which has exposed the harder rock pinnacles. While on this hike you may also encounter many different varieties of plants. Near the first part of the trail, you may see broomrape and witches-brooms, while purple and yellow violets may be found along the stream. The steep south-facing slopes are the home to sage, poppies, arnica, and dogbone while the north-facing slopes produce moss campion, saxifrage, and bunchberries as they thrive in the cool, damp environment. These are the remnants of vegetation that covered Alaska’s interior during the Pleistocene era 10,000-20,000 years ago.

During this hike, there are some things to be wary of. The trail may be steep and rocky so be sure to wear appropriate footwear and dress appropriately as the weather may change quickly. Make sure to bring plenty of water and insect repellant. It is appreciated if you stay on the trail as to not erode other areas of the park and it is asked that you not pick any plants other than berries, mushrooms, or similar edibles for personal use. Please also be aware that there may be traps and bait located near trails. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact SSS staff. Remember, we will not be able to make the trip unless we have 10 students sign up!

Information for this blog came from: http://www.americasstateparks.org/park_maps/angelrocktrl%20%281%29.pdf

A map of the hike is located at this site as well.

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