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.
The Stampede Trail Quotes in Into the Wild
The Into the Wild quotes below all refer to the symbol of The Stampede Trail. For each quote, you can also see the other characters and themes related to it (each theme is indicated by its own dot and icon, like this one: Note: all page numbers and citation info for the quotes below refer to the Anchor Books edition of Into the Wild published in 1997.).
Chapter 18 Quotes
HAPPINESS ONLY REAL WHEN SHARED.
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
Chapter 2 - The Stampede Trail
...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