Mid July - Portage & Placer Rivers & Sactuary Packraft

The south side of the Alaska Range, the Talkeetnas, the Chugach mountains, the Kenai Peninsula and the Wrangells
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danhagen
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Mid July - Portage & Placer Rivers & Sactuary Packraft

Post by danhagen » Sun May 29, 2016 2:49 pm

Hi Alaskans and traveling packrafters. I'm planning two weekends of packrafting in Alaska. Would like to find river buddies for both. Let me know if you want to join for either of them and I'll send you specifics. It's scenic 1-2 float for both.

Sat 7/16-7/17 - Spencer and Placer Rivers via Glacier Discovery, AK Railroad Train out of Anchorage. For Saturday, I'm taking the train down to Spencer Lake in the morning. Will paddle the Placer River back to the highway in the afternoon/evening and camp somewhere at Portage. The next morning I'll take the train again from Portage to Whittier, and attempt to marathon it over Portage Pass, across the lake, down the river to the highway and then catch the late train back. If I miss it, I'll hitchhike back to Anchorage.

Sat 7/23 - Sanctuary River. I'm going to rent a car and drive up Friday night and camp at Savage River or Riley Creek and take the shuttle in at 6am the next day. I don't have time for a multi-day over the passes, so I'm just going to get out at the river, hike as far as I can until mid-afternoon and then float back.

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Re: Mid July - Portage & Placer Rivers & Sactuary Packraft

Post by RELspot » Mon Jun 06, 2016 9:05 am

May want to check into sanctuary a bit more...
https://www.nps.gov/dena/planyourvisit/closures.htm

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Re: Mid July - Portage & Placer Rivers & Sactuary Packraft

Post by Russell Biggs » Tue Jun 07, 2016 1:55 pm

I'd double check on whether or not the Sanctuary is open. Rumor was it was closed (?) by the park service to protect wolf dens and it appears to remain that way currently on the NPS website. -RB

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Re: Mid July - Portage & Placer Rivers & Sactuary Packraft

Post by Aboomer » Wed Jun 08, 2016 10:04 pm

I would be up for it fairly new to packrafting but planning on doing allot of floating over the next few weeks.just bought all my gear. Have allot of backpacking experience and looks like a great addition to the adventures.

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Re: Mid July - Portage & Placer Rivers & Sactuary Packraft

Post by danhagen » Sun Jun 19, 2016 11:20 am

Yeah the Sanctuary is out this time. Bummer, right? That weekend is cancelled but the Portage and Placer trip is still on. Aboomer they're good I to II beginner rivers from what I've read. If you're interested I can contact you soon with logistics. But the main thing is booking the Glacier Discovery train.

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