On June 15th we headed up Summit Creek Trail in a steady rain. The images in our minds of the crowds at Russian River fishing for salmon and the heavy traffic on the ribbons of pavement began to drift away as the sounds of the highway grew dimmer.
At the start of the trail we passed early evidence of Kenai Peninsula mining activity sculptured out on the mountain side as old overgrown trails. The newer maps reflect this as the Oracle mines, where the older maps show this as owned by Gilpatrick and Sprague.
We climbed higher up out of the tree line.