11/07/2019 – You Are Not Forgotten

"In what has become something of a Veteran’s Day Epic tradition, three mortal souls disappeared into the forests off of Eklutna road on a cold, snowy Thursday night. We slipped and slid our way up brushy slopes, through alder filled ravines, and icy crags to emerge winded and sweating on the summit ridge. A disorienting ice fog briefly confused our route as we plunged through thigh deep snow drifts in the narrow valley of the shadows below the true summit. Finally we emerge into inky, cloudless darkness, the brilliance of the heavens guiding us to our destination. As we peer down into the shining city 4,314 feet below our feet, each of us, alone on this mountain, reflects on those who have gone before, those still alone in some dark jungle, empty desert, or eternal sea. A flag, missing from its makeshift monument, seems a fitting tribute at this moment…YOU ARE NOT FORGOTTEN…" ~LTJG J. Gobeli, USN

Lee Helzer will lead "You Are Not Forgotten" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:15pm in the parking area at the start of Eklutna Lake road. Due to limited space we will carpool to a 4 car gravel pullout at about mile 4.5 on Eklutna Lake Road by electric pole 74. We will then hike up the road to electric pole 85 where we will depart the road and head up to Gold Star Peak then head over to Mount POW/MIA, pay homage, and return. Micro-spikes recommended. Please allow extra time for traffic delays.

Previous Years:

United States POW-MIA flag

United States POW-MIA flag

Peters Creek

10/31/2019 – Ptarmigan Pass Loop

“All journeys have secret destinations of which the traveler is unaware.” ― Martin Buber

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Ptarmigan Pass Loop" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at the Rabbit Creek trailhead at 6:30 p.m.   We will take the main trail, ascend to Ptarmigan Pass, descend to the powerline trail and return near Peak 2.

The Chugach Front Range

10/24/2019 – Hillside Trails Ramble

“There is something magical about the early morning. It’s a time when the world belongs to only those few who are awake. And we walk around like kings while others remain unseen in their beds.” —Shawn Blanc

Lee Helzer will lead "Hillside Trails Ramble" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

Meet in the Prospect Heights Parking area for a 6:30 departure.  We’ll ramble along and between the Hillside Trails.

Epic Runs

Epic Runs

The Chugach Front Range

10/17/2019 – Flattop and Friends

"Make the best use of what is in your power, and take the rest as it happens." ~Epictetus

E. Marquez will lead "Flattop and Friends" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 pm at the Rabbit Creek Trailhead on Canyon Road. We will ascend the backside of Flattop and then continue to Peaks 2 and 3 and then descend.

The Chugach Front Range

10/03/2019 – Rusty

“If anyone tells you that a certain person speaks ill of you, do not make excuses about what is said of you but answer, "He was ignorant of my other faults, else he would not have mentioned these alone.” ― Epictetus

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

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Glen Alps trailhead.  We will take the middle fork trail, cross the creek, ascend Rusty, scramble along the ridge before descending to the creek and returning.

The Chugach Front Range

09/26/2019 – Rays on Rainbow

"Time is a created thing. To say “I don’t have time”, is like saying, “I don’t want to”." Lao Tzu

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 up the North Face of Rainbow Peak (hopefully) enjoying a beautiful sunset along the way.  Micro spikes may be needed.

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.

04.02.2015 Return to Black Mesa epic

04.02.2015 Return to Black Mesa epic

Turnagain Arm

09/19/2019 – McHugh Music

"The earth has music for those who listen." ~George Santayana

Rob DeVelice will lead "McHugh Music" with an estimated duration of 1.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 pm outside the gate at the McHugh Picnic Area on the Seward Highway. We will head up the “Homestead” Trail, cross over to the McHugh Lake Trail, wander around a bit, and head back to start area.

Chena on the route on February 2, 2014

Chena on the route on February 2, 2014

Turnagain Arm

09/12/2019 – Blacktail Rocks

"Faith is to believe what you do not see; the reward of this faith is to see what you believe." Saint Augustine

E. Marquez will lead "Blacktail Rocks" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at Mile Hi trailhead at 6:30 p.m. We will ascend Mt. Magnificent, descend to the valley, ascend Blacktail Rocks and descend back to the trailhead.

Eagle River - North

09/05/2019 – Round About

"It is indifferent to me where I am to begin, for there shall I return again." Parmenides

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Round About" with an estimated duration of 4.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the McHugh Creek trailhead, lower parking lot.   We will bushwhack to Black Mesa, then traverse below Rainbow to the Hole-in-the-Wall area before descending to cross the creek and return via the main trail.

The Chugach Front Range

08/29/2019 – Rendezvous Ridge

"There are three things all wise men fear: the sea in storm, a night with no moon, and the anger of a gentle man.” ~ Patrick Rothfuss

Lee Helzer will lead "Rendezvous Ridge" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 pm in the pull out just before the parking lot at the end of Arctic Valley Road. We will head up to Rendezvous Peak then take the ridge back to exceptional berry picking.  After our mouths are blue and bellies full we’ll descend towards Ship Creek and catch a trail maintained by the local moose and bear population.

See 2015 http://www.epicruns.org/?epics=rendezvous-ridge-3

8.21.2014 Rendezvous Ridge

8.21.2014 Rendezvous Ridge