Top Ten Treks

North America: Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve, Alaska

Life in Alaska happens on a different scale. For sake of comparison: The vast Yukon-Charley Rivers National Preserve is nearly the size of New Jersey, but while the Garden State claims some 7.5 million permanent residents, only about 30 hardy souls call the Yukon-Charley region home. The joy of trekking here is the utter absence of civilization: no trails, no signs, no RVs—just the call of the wild. Along the Charley River, in the only completely protected watershed in the United States, peregrine falcons soar above sheer alpine ridges and packs of wolves roam. Of course, the purity of the Yukon-Charley is also its challenge. To survive here, your backcountry skills must be top notch—plan on help not being close at hand if you mess up. But don't be intimidated. If you're ready to blaze your own trail into nature in the raw, your adventure starts here.

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Published: 30 Apr 2002 | Last Updated: 4 Dec 2012
Details mentioned in this article were accurate at the time of publication


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