Updated: May 19, 2020
Rock walls bristling with granite tors tower over the broad expanse of the valley. Wind-blown ridge tops expose tundra and last season’s cranberries, a hint of a different season. Ptarmigan startle and soar overhead down the valley, black tails and wingtips catching our eyes. The Nome Creek Valley is a timeless place, seldom traveled in winter. Join us on a three day trip into this remote and wild region. We will pick you up in Fairbanks and drive to the eastern edge of the White Mountains National Recreation Area. We will mush over the front range ridges of the White Mountains down into Nome Creek Valley. Nome Creek was a rich source of gold during the turn of the century. Along the way we pass historical mining sites including the famous “Davidson Ditch.” We will leave man-made impressions on the landscape behind when we cross Nome Creek. Nome Creek is a wide and wild basin rich with berries, windswept tundra, sastrugi, ptarmigan, and wolf tracks. We will depart from the main trail to establish a basecamp amongst the wind protected willows. From basecamp we will day trip further up into the alpine, wherever the weather and our whim steers us. This trip is fairly non-technical, making this a great trip for all ages and ability levels.
Accommodations: Two nights of wilderness camping in a heated tent.
Duration: 3 days, 2 nights. This trip is approximately 50 miles roundtrip.
Price: $1969 per person; 4 person minimum.
Availability: This trip is run according to demand. Email us for availability and detailed itinerary. Optional two day Richard’s Cabin excursion add-on.