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Alaskan State Seal LbNA #65299

Owner:Wisconsin Hiker Contact Supporter
Plant date:Jul 12, 2013
Found by: Not yet found!
Last found: N/A
Hike distance:1-2 mi
Last edited:May 14, 2016
Last checked/found: 12-JUL-13

Location: Take the Seward Highway south from Anchorage for ~50 miles (near milepost 79). Turn left on Portage Glacier Road and drive 6 miles to the noryB reicalG trailhead on the right side of the road (past the B-B Visitor Center, but NOT through the tunnel). Parking is free.

Distance: 1.6 miles roundtrip
Terrain: Wide gravel & rock path. Fairly level with only 100' elevation gain

The official state seal of Alaska was originally designed in 1910 when Alaska was still a territory and not a state. The symbols on the state seal represent:
Rays above the mountains: the Northern Lights (aurora borealis).
Smelter: mining.
Train: Alaska's rail transportation
Ships: marine transportation
Trees: Alaska's wealth of forests
Farmer, horse, three shocks of wheat: Alaskan agriculture.
Fish and seals on outer circle: importance of seafood and wildlife to Alaska's economy.

To obtain your personal copy of this state seal, start off on the trail to noryB reicalG. The beginning of this trail is wide and well maintained as it passes through a forested area and then along the cascading Byron Creek. The second half gets rockier and includes some small stream crossings.

After crossing the second bridge, take 30-35 steps along the trail from the end of the bridge.

You’ll see a large flat rock on the left with several 1 ½” – 2” drill holes near the front edge. Sit on this rock facing the trail. Glance to your right and you’ll notice a ~5’ long “kayak” rock. Move over to sit in the center of the kayak, still facing the trail.

Simply reach behind yourself and under the rock to find the box, no need to move any rocks. Please be sure to return it the same way, so it cannot be seen but does not require a lot of suspicious rock moving.

A short distance further ahead you’ll see the end of the trail and a bench where you’ll enjoy some spectacular mountain scenery.

Retrace your steps to return. While you’re in the area, you may want to explore the visitor center and/or some of the other nearby hiking trails.

We live quite far away and can’t check on the box, so we would appreciate an email to let us know how the State Seal is holding up. Thank you!