06/24/2021 – The Hidden Williwaw Ramp Cirque

"Some People want a Big House and Fancy Cars; Others just Want a Tiny Cabin in the Woods away from those kinds of people"

Lee Helzer will lead "The Hidden Williwaw Ramp Cirque" with an estimated duration of 4.5 hours.

Meet at the Glen Alps parking lot for a 6:30 departure.  We will head up Nintendo Hill and cross the Ballfield to access the Williwaw Lakes Trail.  After a short time on the trail we will break off and explore a small body of water in the picturesque Hidden Williwaw Ramp Cirque.  We will return via the same path or a slightly longer alternative with less elevation.

The Chugach Front Range

06/17/2021 – Quadruple Bypass

"Count that month lost in which you have not been swept up in an enthusiasm." Thornton Wilder

E. Marquez will lead "Quadruple Bypass" with an estimated duration of 5.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Mile Hi trailhead in Eagle River.   We will ascend Mt. Magnificent, descend to Meadow Creek, and then ascend Vista, Roundtop and Blacktail Rocks.   This route is an Epic classic.

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Eagle River - North

06/10/2021 – Indianhouse’s North East Ridge

“A smooth sea never made a skilled sailor.” -Franklin D. Roosevelt

Lee Helzer will lead "Indianhouse's North East Ridge" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet for a 6:30 departure at the Indian Valley trailhead off Boretide road.  We will bushwhack up the north east ridge of Indianhouse Mountain as far as the mountain allows and return.

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Turnagain Arm

06/03/2021 – Bird on a Wire

“And if you are not a bird, then beware of coming to rest above an abyss.” Friedrich Nietzsche

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Bird on a Wire" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Bird Creek trailhead at the end of Konikson Rd.   We will visit the attractions of the Bird Creek Valley, including the Giant Trees, waterfalls, the 1965 Fastback, and more.    Light bushwhacking, creek crossings and swamps are anticipated.

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Turnagain Arm

05/27/2021 – Birthday Basher to Wolverine

"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been." ~Mark Twain

Heather Helzer will lead "Birthday Basher to Wolverine " with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet for a 6:30 pm departure at the Basher Trailhead on Campbell Airstrip Drive for the Birthday Bash!  We will take trails to the summit of Wolverine Peak where we will feast on birthday cake to celebrate 2 birthdays. We will return via the same route.

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The Chugach Front Range

05/20/2021 – Hiland Mountain Ridgeline

"If you spend your whole life waiting for the storm, you'll never enjoy the sunshine." Morris West

E. Marquez will lead "Hiland Mountain Ridgeline" with an estimated duration of 4.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the South Fork Eagle River trailhead.   We will head up Hunter Pass, then follow the ridge to Rendezvous Peak, Gordon Lyon, and Hiland Mountain.  We will return by the same route.

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The Chugach Front Range

05/13/2021 – Unnamed

"Well, I'm near the end and I just ain't got the time And I'm wasted and I can't find my way home." Blind Faith.

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Unnamed" with an estimated duration of 4 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Rainbow trailhead.   We will ascend the unnamed trail through birch and hemlock forests and alder thickets to a high spot on the ridge.    The return route will be selected by participants.

Turnagain Arm

05/06/2021 – Ballfield Gully

"Glory is fleeting, but obscurity is forever." Napolean Bonaparte

Anne Ver Hoef will lead "Ballfield Gully" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 at the Glen Alps parking lot.  We will head up to the Ballfield and then make a left turn down the gully.  Hopefully, it will still have hard-packed snow; if not we will stay up a little higher on the rocks and tundra.  We will loop back on the Middle Fork trail.  Be prepared for wet feet.  May help to take microspikes and snowshoes, but postholing is way more fun.

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The Chugach Front Range

04/29/2021 – Snow Thrills

"When I’m in nature, everything falls into place. I’m just one tiny piece of a big jigsaw puzzle and I like that.” ~ Bjork

Lee Helzer will lead "Snow Thrills" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at Windy Corner for a 6:30 departure.  We will take the Turnagain trail for a short bit then bushwhack or posthole our way up Goat Head Couloir.  We will either return via the west ridge or the way we came.


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Rob, Jesse, Jack, and I set out in rainy cool conditions.  We worked our way up through terraces of moose campgrounds.  Rob departed after 45 minutes.  Shortly after we stumbled across a very well executed secret trail.  Branches were trimmed and it was flagged with orange markings.  Someone had clearly spent a lot of time making this a great trail though some difficult terrain.  We followed it a bit then diverged to the snow gully.  We followed the snow gully up to the constriction where the snow had melted holes exposing a 20 foot waterfall.  It was not safe to continue so we turned around and worked our way over to where we were hoping secret trail would go.  We met the trail at around 2000ft and followed it all the way back to the Turnagain Trail.  At an elevation of around 750ft. there was a small memorial to “Lilly”.  We guess it was for a dog.

To whoever put in the trail, thanks!  We expect this trail will be a new ultra classic loop of the already classic Sheep Thrills route.

Turnagain Arm

04/22/2021 – Rays on Rainbow

“A life spent making mistakes is not only more honorable, but more useful than a life spent doing nothing.” — George Bernhard Shaw

Lee Helzer will lead "Rays on Rainbow" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 in the Telephone Pole Rock parking area (on the left after Beluga Point) on the Seward Highway. We will head up to the Turnagain Arm Trail and then diverge onto a ridge heading towards the Black Mesa. From there we will asses snow conditions and either continue up the North Face or the south west ridge of Rainbow Peak (hopefully) enjoying a beautiful sunset along the way.  Ice axe and micro spikes recommended.

From the summit we will take the standard route back to the Turnagain Arm Trail and return to the cars. There are out and back opportunities for those not desiring partaking in the full enchilada.

4/7/2016 - Rays On Rainbow

4/7/2016 - Rays On Rainbow

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Turnagain Arm

04/15/2021 – Potter Overlook

"Enthusiasm is the mother of effort, and without it nothing great was ever achieved." Ralph Waldo Emerson

E. Marquez will lead "Potter Overlook " with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Weigh Station on the Seward Highway just south of Potter Marsh.  We will diverge from the Turnagain Arm trail after a mile or so and head straight up to Potter Overlook.   We will return via a different route.  Route may involve substantial post-holing.

The Chugach Front Range

04/08/2021 – 2 Below

"... surely the Weak shall perish, and only the Fit survive." ~Robert Service (excerpt from 'The Law of the Yukon')

Rob DeVelice will lead "2 Below" with an estimated duration of 2 hours.

Meet at 6:30 pm at the parking area nearest to MP111 of the Seward Highway for a chill off trail out-and-back upslope (out) and downslope (back).

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Turnagain Arm