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Keystone Goat LbNA #73294

Owner:Silver Eagle Contact Supporter
Plant date:Aug 11, 2018
Location: Keystone Canyon
Found by: Eidolon
Last found: Jul 2, 2020
Hike distance:.5 mi
Last edited:Sep 3, 2018
Terrain Difficulty: Easy (slight slope, 0.6 miles RT)
Status: alive

In 1898, W.R. Abercrombie, a Lieutenant in the US Army, was sent to Valdez with orders to find or build a road connecting Valdez to the interior of Alaska. After many searches he found an old native trail that began in Keystone Canyon. By 1909 the trail was widened and ran from Valdez to Eagle and was called the Valdez Trail. In July 1919, the road through the Canyon was destroyed by excessive flooding, and by 1921 it was rebuilt and renamed the Goat Trail. This historic trail was to Alaska what the Oregon Trail was to the Continental United States. After the Richardson Highway was completed in 1945, the Goat Trail became obsolete and was abandoned, but you can hike it while looking for this box.

Drive north on Richardson Hwy to Bridal Veil Falls in Keystone Canyon and park at west end of lot on left.

From the west end of the parking area find the sign for the Goat Trail and walk on it along the road about 100 yards toward Valdez then veer right as it enters the trees. Continue to the jct with the Pack Trail and continue straight on Goat Trail past a view of Bridal Veil Falls to trail register on right. Continue 14 steps then go left off trail 3 steps to large, flat rock with pointed flat rock over its left side. LB is behind lower flat rock even with point of other flat, hiding behind small rocks and leaves.