UNIT 22, 69
UPPER FORAKER/SWIFT FORK
Quota: Unlimited - but group size must be 6 or less
USGS Quad Maps: Mt McKinley A3, Mt McKinley B3, Mt McKinley A4, Mt McKinley B4, Mt McKinley A5, Talkeetna D5, Talkeetna D4
These two backcountry units alone are bigger than many national parks in the Lower 48. They offer a bit of everything for a remote extended trip in interior Alaska. Five large glacial rivers and a dozen other major streams flow across these units from south to north. This creates a continuous pattern of high ridges and deep valleys that extend across the area. The northern two-thirds of this unit are lowland spruce forest interspersed with bogs. There is some dry tundra on the tops of the higher ridges at the extreme southern end of the unit, but even in these foothills the valley bottoms and lower hillsides can have tussocks and be quite brushy.