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Despite bear encounters, popular Fairbanks trail reopened

Craig MedredAlaska Dispatch

Fairbanks-area hikers once again can commune with bears along a trail that’s proven popular with both humans and bruins. According to the Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, the 15-mile Granite Tors Trail in the Chena River State Recreation Area that was closed for a week after several bear incidents reopened on Monday. Rangers hiked it several times without problems.

“There’s definitely signs of bears, like scat in the trail, but we never actually saw a bear,” ranger Nikki Potter told the News-Miner.

When a bear clawed through a family tent on Aug. 5, the trail was closed.  There were no injuries in that incident nor in others earlier this summer.

Signs warning hikers were posted at the Mile 39.5 Chena Hot Springs Road trailhead.