North of Moose Creek, there are a number of gentle ridges on the south and west flanks of Mt. Galen that quickly transition into alpine tundra vegetation, all with good views of the Alaska Range. By hiking around to the north side of Mt. Galen it is possible to work your way over into Unit 33 or Unit 39 and use Stony Creek to return to the road. A shorter hike is to follow Moose Creek to its headwaters on the south side of Mt. Galen and then crossing over a low divide into the Stony Creek drainage (see Unit 33 description). Trips following Moose Creek west (downstream) to the Kantishna Hills are also possible, but the walking is very brushy in many places and takes you through thick stands of willow and alder. It is best to stay high on the ridges, like the one labeled USGS Yen, as much as possible to avoid the thickest brush.
Hiking from the Eielson Visitor Center area north into Unit 34 provides easy access into high alpine terrain, but there is little water on the Thorofare ridge system. If you plan on camping up high, bring all the water you need for the day from the faucets of the EVC. There are many ways to ascend the Thorofare ridge system by using the different arms and drainages that lead north from the Park Road.
Additional Notes and/or Hazards
When you set up your tent, make sure it is not visible from the Park Road, Eielson Visitor Center, or the Thorofare Ridge Trail. Both Mt Galen and Thorofare Mt are popular day hikes so expect to see other people. Use caution when attempting to descend the north facing slopes of Mt Galen or Thorofare Mountain; they are very steep and contain loose rock and scree.