12/12/2019 – 19th Anniversary Epic

"WOO HAH!" ~by R.L. DeVelice

Lee Helzer will lead "19th Anniversary Epic" with an estimated duration of 1 hour.

Meet at 6:30 pm in the Earthquake Park parking lot. We’ll explore the permanent remnants of the 1964 earthquake and finish with a bit of beach and trail running.  It might be muddy thanks to the recent rains.

After the Epic we’ll head to The Rustic Goat (2800 W Northern Lights Blvd) to celebrate the 19th Epic Anniversary (est. 12/7/2000).

Epic Runs

Epic Runs

West Anchorage

12/05/2019 – Long and Winding Road

“No man ever steps in the same river twice, for it's not the same river and he's not the same man.” Heraclitus

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Long and Winding Road" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Weigh Station south of Potter Marsh.  We will run to Rainbow and back on the Turnagain Arm Trail.   This is the same route that we ran last year just hours before the M7.1 earthquake dislodged massive boulders from the slopes above and onto the trail.

Turnagain Arm

11/21/2019 – Judgment Call

“Winter is nature's way of saying, "Up yours.” Robert Byrne

E. Marquez will lead "Judgment Call" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m.  at the Hillside trailhead.   We will proceed along an assortment of trails to the Botanical Gardens and complete a loop route on the return.

East Anchorage

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