There are really only a half-dozen or so established trails in the immediate Valdez area, so it's pretty inevitable that a local is going to hike them repeatedly. For the last few years, the Pack Trail from the south end of Keystone Canyon to Bridal Veil falls has been one of my favorites.
Scout and I headed out for her first real trail hike on Saturday afternoon. From the beginning much of the trail seemed unfamiliar, although there were enough familiar spots to make me feel like I hadn't totally lost my mind. I finally figured out my problem. First, although I'd hiked it in 2012 and 2013 (follow the links for those posts and more information on the trail), I'd managed to miss it last year because I was bicycling so much. Second, this was the first time I'd hiked it in the spring. Normally, I'm out there in mid-summer when the brush is so thick that views are obscured. What a treat it was to gain a new perspective on an old friend.
Even in spring, however, there aren't many big vistas to see. This trail is one on which you need to focus on the small treasures.
A few breathtaking vistas do open up from time to time. The Lowe River makes an appearance, definitely more prominently in the spring than summer. This perspective is of the southern end of Keystone Canyon. It certainly gives you an idea of how steep the terrain is that this trail traverses.
And with an abundance of waterfalls like these, is it any wonder I wasn't impressed with the offerings on the Hana Highway in Hawaii? The one furthest to the left is Bridal Veil Falls, about 600 feet high. The other two are so commonplace they don't even warrant names.
Of course, the requisite selfie to prove I was there.
Perhaps this year I'll actually make it out there more than once.