Talkeetna and Byers Lake

by Mike on June 3, 2012

Nothing beats a van road-trip up the Parks Highway into the Matanuska/Susitna Valley. The beautiful views of the Alaska Range open up as you pass Willow northbound to Talkeetna. Make sure to get off at the Talkeetna Junction and drive 14 miles into the downtown area where you can walk down Main Street to check out the local art dealers and try some delicious local cuisine. The Denali Brewing Company offers locally brewed beers as well as a sampling booth. This festive town allows you to enjoy a relaxed atmosphere while you view the climbers getting ready to make their attempt at America’s largest mountain: Mount McKinley. Take advantage of other activities while visiting, such as whitewater-rafting, fishing, flight seeing or even landing on a glacier.

Continue North to Denali State Park which begins at Little Troublesome Creek where you can camp or begin the 37 mile hike along Kesugi Ridge. Ten miles beyond Little Troublesome is Byers Lake, which is a secluded lake, packed with wildlife and a state owned campground. Northwest Van Campers makes it easy for you to bring your canoe and fishing pole as you explore all ends of the lake while the loons swim past and sound their call. After a tasty meal at the camp go explore the 5.1 mile trail that surrounds the lake before sitting down around the campfire, making smores or watching a movie on your computer while van camping. See our Facebook page for pics!

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