05/19/2022 – Bird Flew

"blah blah blah, blah blah blah" ~by Alex Lifeson

Josh A. will lead "Bird Flew" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Bird Ridge trailhead (the rock quarry mega-lot). We will follow Bird Creek to the falls, then we will select a suitable ascent route to the top of Bird Ridge. We will return by the standard route.

Turnagain Arm

05/12/2022 – Peak 2-3

"Some people drink from the fountain of knowledge, others just gargle." Robert Anthony

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Peak 2-3" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Rabbit Creek trailhead.  We will proceed up Flattop then to Peak 2, and on to Peak 3 if time and conditions permit.   Ice axe and microspikes recommended.

The Chugach Front Range

05/05/2022 – McHugh Treadmill

"I don't care if they look at me, I have nothing to hide" - is like saying I don't care about freedom of speech because I have nothing to say. ~Edward Snowden

Lee Helzer will lead "McHugh Treadmill" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet for a 6:30 departure in the lower lot of McHugh Trailhead.  We will head up McHugh Lake trail and take the McHugh Peak treadmill.  After summitting we’ll search for a gully with epic glissade potential then return via the McHugh Lake trail.

Ice axe, micro spike, and gloves recommended.

Turnagain Arm

04/28/2022 – Caballo Blanco

"If painting teaches you nothing else, it teaches you to look at nature" ~by Bob Ross

Lee Helzer will lead "Caballo Blanco" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet in the lower parking lot of the McHugh trailhead for a 6:30 departure.  We will head toward the standard trail up McHugh and assess snow conditions on the final route up Caballo Blanco.  We’ll ideally return via some fun glissades.  Ice axe and micro spikes recommended.

Turnagain Arm

04/21/2022 – Rainbow Ridge

“Two things are infinite: the universe and human stupidity; and I'm not sure about the universe.” Albert Einstein

E. Marquez will lead "Rainbow Ridge" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m.at the Rainbow trailhead.  (Note that there are construction road delays on the Seward Highway, plan for a few extra minutes to reach the trailhead). We will proceed up to the Rainbow Ridge via the path adjacent to the neighborhood.  We will return by the standard route.

Turnagain Arm

04/14/2022 – Path of Destruction

"April is the cruellest month, breeding Lilacs out of the dead land, mixing Memory and desire, stirring Dull roots with spring rain." T.S. Eliot, The Waste Land

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Path of Destruction" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Telephone Pole Rock parking area across from Beluga Point.   Our plan is to directly ascend the path of destruction, battling thorns and loose boulders along the way.  We will work our way through the cliffs until we reach the base of Black Mesa.  From there, we will attempt to ascend the southeast couloir, depending on snow conditions.  Ice axe and microspikes will likely be needed.   We will descend the west ramp of the mesa back to the start.

Turnagain Arm

04/07/2022 – Rays on Rainbow

"We'll just pull down here a little bit and make us a nice little bank. Just some ground for the bushes and trees to sit on. Don't want them to fall off into the water and make a big splash. That'd disturb the old trout that lives in there." ~by Bob Ross

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 continue with ice ax and micro spikes up the North Face of Rainbow Peak (hopefully) enjoying a beautiful sunset along the way.

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

Turnagain Arm

03/31/2022 – Return to No Man’s Land

If you are ready to leave father and mother, and brother and sister, and wife and child and friends, and never see them again; if you have paid your debts, and made your will, and settled all your affairs, and are a free man; then you are ready for a walk.” Henry David Thoreau

E. Marquez will lead "Return to No Man's Land " with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Basher trailhead, off of Campbell Airstrip Road.   We will jog the road to the end and from there take the northside trail that heads up Near Point.  We will descend the ridge on the opposite side, and descend through No Man’s Land, to Wolverine trail, and return to the trailhead.

The Chugach Front Range

03/24/2022 – Black Mesa

“Dogs have given us their absolute all. We are the center of their universe. We are the focus of their love and faith and trust. They serve us in return for scraps. It is without a doubt the best deal man has ever made.” – Roger A. Caras

Lee Helzer will lead "Black Mesa" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet for a 6:30 pm departure in the Telephone Pole Rock parking area (on the left
just after Beluga Point on the Seward Highway.  We will follow the Turnagain Arm Trail a short way west, then proceed bush whack up until arriving at an obscure ridge heading towards the “Black Mesa”.  We will ascend that ridge to a presently undetermined turn around point.

Colden shortly after his first porcupine encounter

Colden shortly after his first porcupine encounter

Turnagain Arm

03/17/2022 – Falls Creek

"A pessimist is an optimist in full possession of the facts." Arthur Schopenhauer

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Falls Creek" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Falls Creek Trailhead on the Seward Highway.   We will take the main trail out as far as we can go.   Snowshoes are recommended.

Turnagain Arm

03/10/2022 – Eagle River

"You know, I talk about going out in the woods and sitting around and talking to trees. There's nothing wrong with that. That's the way you learn what makes a tree look like a tree." ~by Bob Ross

Lee Helzer will lead "Eagle River" with an estimated duration of 4 hours.

Meet at the Eagle River Greenbelt day use area just south of Eagle River before the Briggs Bridge off Eagle River Loop Road for a 6:30 departure.  We will adventure upstream and if conditions are ideal will continue to where the river meets Eagle River Road for a point A to B route.  Trail reports show open water, but are unclear how far the packed tail will be.  If conditions are unfavorable we will return via the Lower Eagle River Trail.

Expect wet feet.

http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/misc/ergbap/ergbap.htm

Eagle River - South

03/03/2022 – Lost Hammer

"Vanity working on a weak head, produces every sort of mischief." Jane Austen

E. Marquez will lead "Lost Hammer" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the McHugh Creek trailhead.  We will take the Turnagain Arm trail to Mile 2, before heading uphill to the ridge and Potter overlook.  We will vary the route on the return.  Snowshoes are advisable.

Turnagain Arm