Tips/Special Features: The Wyoming Hills provide a remote hiking experience that is within a one day walk of the Park Road. You are unlikely to see other hikers or signs of their use. This can be a very challenging area to reach and will require several major river crossings. It might be more appropriate to visit here after doing other cross-country backpacking trips in Alaska.
Access: No direct access is possible to this unit from the Park Road or other developed areas. All access is via adjacent units (Units 32, 37, 39, 63). Typical access is from the south, either from the Wyoming Hills or down the Toklat River. Access is also possible from the north end of unit 39 by following Stony Creek.
Routes/Hiking Corridors: The large gravel bar of the Toklat River is the best way to hike north or south in unit 38. To reach unit 38 from the Park Road, you must hike about 7 miles north of the Toklat River Bridge. This usually involves multiple crossings of the main branch of the Toklat River (see the description in Unit 32). For this reason, this unit is not recommended as an overnight trip; it should be done as part of a longer trip, preferably for 3-5 nights. After passing Cabin Creek, it is best to be on the west side of the Toklat River until the boundary of Unit 38.
The northern half of the Wyoming Hills has many surprises for visitors, from gravel topped plateaus, to steep, loose rock, to large waterfalls. A route across the top of the Wyoming Hills between units 37 and 38 is possible, but it will require steep climbs and significant elevation gain. You will be required to traverse steep scree slopes, where a wrong step can result in a serious fall. Travel around the north side of the Wyoming Hills is very difficult because of the wet lowland vegetation and brush. Similar vegetation is also present to the west on the low ridges between the Toklat River and Stony Creek (Unit 39). However, the distance required to make a crossing between these two drainages is short enough that it is a realistic route for a hiker who has experience with cross-country travel in Alaska.