Into the Wild

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The Stampede Trail is a remnant of the Yutan Construction Company’s attempt to build a road in the wild, but construction halted before connecting bridges could be built. As the place where Chris’s journey ends, as well, the trail represents premature conclusions and failed attempts.
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The Stampede Trail Symbol Timeline in Into the Wild

The timeline below shows where the symbol The Stampede Trail appears in Into the Wild. The colored dots and icons indicate which themes are associated with that appearance.
Chapter 1 - The Alaska Interior
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Risk and Self-Reinvention Theme Icon
Arrogance, Innocence, and Ignorance Theme Icon
...Gallien his “crude map” of the national park, pointing out his intended hiking route: the Stampede Trail . (full context)
Materialism and Idealism Theme Icon
Gallien drops “Alex” off on the edge of The Stampede Trail . Chris attempts to give Gallien his watch and loose change, but Gallien implores “Alex”... (full context)
Chapter 2 - The Stampede Trail
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...1992, six people in three separate parties happen upon a refurbished city bus off the Stampede Trail in Denali National Park. Moose hunters, Ken Thompson, Gordon Samel and Ferdie Swanson ford the... (full context)
Chapter 16 - The Alaska Interior
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Luck, Chance, and Circumstance Theme Icon
On the Stampede Trail , McCandless crosses the unseasonably low Teklanika River waters and discovers the bus, where he... (full context)
The American Wilderness Theme Icon
Luck, Chance, and Circumstance Theme Icon
Isolation v. Intimacy Theme Icon
...a helicopter to the site of Chris’ death. They originally intend to travel overland on The Stampede Trail , but the Teklanika’s waters are too high for safe crossing. (full context)