Palmer Railroad Trail Washout

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On the steepest part of the bluff, just below the view point on the Glenn Highway, the Palmer-Moose Creek Railroad Trail is totally washed out. Only the very agile, experienced, or hearty hikers would be comfortable crossing this precipitous loose scree and rock. It certainly didn’t look “easy to moderate” with a 100ft. drop straight down to the roaring, glacier fed Matanuska River. At this point we decided to turn around and hike back to the car and drive to the opposite end and begin our hike from Moose Creek trailhead, hopefully skirting the eroded bluffs. My plan to combine exercise and research for painting subject matter was turning into more of an exercise in survival.

More tomorrow.

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska Artist

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