Since the day my son was born 16 years ago I have wanted to take him hunting in the high country. For me there is nothing quite like mountain hunting. I put him in for sheep and goat tags that I thought we could do without missing too much school or costing an arm and a leg. When the draw results came out and he had a Kenai mountain goat tag we were excited. I used to call this the easiest goat hunt in Alaska until I helped a friend fill his goat tag in this area a few years before. After that hunt I now call this area the most accessible goat area in Alaska but certainly not the easiest.
We hiked and climbed peaks this summer and glassed the goat area every trip we made to the Kenai. Some trips we only spotted one goat and I was a little concerned. The season opened in August but we had always planned to hunt after mid September so the goats would have a chance to get their hair back on. The weather in September was wet and windy. I was hoping for a few bluebird days but they didn't come at the times we could go. We debated if we should pack a camp up the mountain or just go light and hope we could do the hunt in one long day. Finally we decided to go light the last Saturday in September. Luckily for us three friends that are young and strong wanted to tag along, just to get out for the day.
Unfortuneately cold weather and the first snow of the season came the morning we left Anchorage. I expected the snow to be part way down the mountain but not all the way to the highway and 29 degrees felt cold for this time of year. Here are a few pictures of the mountain from the bottom and part way up. The hike up was slick as everyone took turns slipping and falling down the mountain. More pictures and story to follow.