|Today is our longest, but most memorable part of the hike. We’ll have an early breakfast and hit the trail in order to cover the 10 miles to Happy Camp. Shortly after departing, we’ll pass through the Enchanted Forest - a region of gnarled trees, twisted and pitted due to the excessive snowfalls that bury them under several meters each winter.
You’ll see many Gold Rush era artifacts littering the trail as it begins to climb towards the Scales. After weeks of hauling a ton of goods up from Skagway, 110 lbs (50 kilos) at a time, the miners of the Klondike Gold Rush began to toss aside the non-essentials. Surprisingly the Treeline Sign is surrounded by trees, demonstrating the weather was colder in 1898 than today. But not much further along, the last tree appears, and then disappears, and soon there is nothing but rock in all directions.
This is where the avalanche that claimed the lives of many gold miners in the spring of 1898 occurred, and the victims are buried nearby.