Well, I think it's safe to say I've got the itch, as it's way too late to be awake, still months too early, and all I can think about is how it will feel when I finally connect! I've been hitting the gym pretty hard in anticipation of a chance at my first blackie this spring, knowing full well how much stamina I'll need to get up the trail with a full pack. Since this trailhead (the one around mile 4 or so off of Knik River Rd) is only a couple miles from my cabin, I'm planning to make this trail my highway for the spring pursuit. Perhaps it's not the best choice, and I found a couple places with plenty of bears elsewhere last spring, but the price of diesel is already making me sweat.
I'm hoping someone who is familiar with the trail and area might be willing to share some insight with regards to strategy, lay of the land, or anything else that might help me accomplish my goal this spring. I intend to do plenty of scouting around as the season nears, but I know that's big country, and I'm admittedly as green as they come. It's probably safe to say that ANY advice would be helpful at this point. Thanks very much.