03/25/2021 – Ferns in the Snow

Rob DeVelice will lead "Ferns in the Snow" with a duration of 2 hours somewwhere in Turnagain Arm.

Rendezvous at 6:30 pm in the Telephone Pole Rock parking area. We will proceed upslope to visit a population of licorice fern (Polypodium glycyrrhiza) at the northern limit of the species. For cool information on licorice fern go to:

https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/55104-Polypodium-glycyrrhiza

The photo below was taken by RLD on January 13, 2021.

03/04/2021 – Sweat Lodge

E. Marquez will lead "Sweat Lodge " with a duration of 2.5 hours somewwhere in Turnagain Arm.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Falls Creek trailhead.  We will follow the old Johnson trail for a ways, then head uphill towards Indianhouse until we intersect with the standard trail.  We will descend back to the Johnson trail for a figure 9 route.

02/04/2021 – Falls Creek exploration

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Falls Creek exploration" with a duration of 2.5 hours somewwhere in Turnagain Arm.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Falls Creek trailhead on the Seward Highway.  We will head up the main trail to explore the valley as far as conditions permit.  Microspikes and snowshoes may be required.

09/24/2020 – Rays on Rainbow

Lee Helzer will lead "Rays on Rainbow" with a duration of 3.5 hours somewwhere in Turnagain Arm.

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 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.

09/10/2020 – Penguin Peak

Anne Ver Hoef will lead "Penguin Peak" with a duration of 3 hours somewwhere in Turnagain Arm.

Meet at 6:30pm at trailhead:  turn left off Seward Hwy on Konikson Rd (past Bird Creek trailhead and campground) and go to the end of the dirt road to large parking lot.  This is an out-and-back of 6.3 miles and elevation gain of over 4000 ft.  Be prepared for a climb!  May bring a headlamp, just in case.

08/06/2020 – Sheep Thrill Plus

E. Marquez will lead "Sheep Thrill Plus" with a duration of 3.5 hours somewwhere in Turnagain Arm.

Meet at the Falls Creek trail head for a 6:30 departure.  We will follow Sheep Thrills ridge up then continue the ridge back toward South Suicide.  At the most opportune time we will sneak down to the main trail and return.

06/25/2020 – Botany Challenge v49.2020

Rob DeVelice will lead "Botany Challenge v49.2020" with a duration of 1.5 hours somewwhere in Turnagain Arm.

Meet at 6:30 pm at the Falls Creek Trailhead on the Seward Highway. This will be a botany focused nature hike (not much running) and will update a species list originally generated in 2013 (see hyperlink below). We will attempt to identify 49 species of native plants (Alaska being the 49th state). The route will extend from sea level to about 1,200 feet elevation along the Falls Creek Trail in Chugach State Park.

https://www.fs.fed.us/wildflowers/regions/alaska/FallsCreek/index.shtml

 

06/04/2020 – Falls Peak Circumnavigation

E. Marquez will lead "Falls Peak Circumnavigation" with a duration of 3.5 hours somewwhere in Turnagain Arm.

UPDATE

Meet in the Falls Creek parking lot for a 6:30 departure to circumnavigate Falls Peak.  We will head east, counter clockwise to the pass between Falls Peak and Indianhouse Mountain where we’ll descend to the headwaters of Falls Creek and return via the standard trail.

05/28/2020 – Ridgeline Above McHugh Creek

Anne Ver Hoef will lead "Ridgeline Above McHugh Creek" with a duration of 2.5 hours somewwhere in Turnagain Arm.

Starting at 6:30pm from the McHugh (upper) parking lot, we will start up the trail toward McHugh lake but then divert up to the ridgeline at a strategic location.  We will pick our way along the ridgeline until we drop back down to the trail at an advantageous spot. Return on the trail for a lollypop route.