Our group of seven (Don, Rob, Gil, Timmy, Robin, Ben and Kyle) had breakfast at the campground loaded our packs and jumped into the van for another hours ride along the Park Road to the Toklat River. Since there are no trails in the Toklat River area we had to travel cross-country. For the first quarter-mile we had to push our way through brush until we reached the open river valley bottom. The braided streams that emerge from the glaciers are filled with sediment and create wide flat open river bottoms that are the best means of travel in the area. For the most part we simply walked on smooth gravel up the valley. In a few places where the main channel of the river was up against a bluff we had to scramble over some rocks or rubble to get by. We had one caribou encounter on the hike in. The weather was sunny and pleasant but it was a long day of hiking. After we got the camp set up we had dinner and went to bed.