A small parking area at the highest point is an excellent place to pull off the road safely and explore the alpine tundra. On a clear day this high point offers sweeping views of Norton Sound to the southeast and the westernmost boreal forest to the north. The open country can be a good place to spot moose, muskox, or grizzlies. Caribou, normally present in winter, are sometimes seen in summer too. You are more likely to see reindeer, however, which are distinguished by their pinto coloration, short legs, and the occasional ear tag. Wolf and wolverine use this alpine habitat too, but sightings are rare as both species have low population densities and huge home ranges. The parking area offers a particularly good view of solifluction lobes on side slopes caused when moisture-laden topsoil overlying permafrost slides extremely slowly downhill in waves.
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