01/16/2020 – Sand Worm

“The mystery of life isn't a problem to solve, but a reality to experience.” ~Frank Herbert, Dune

Rob DeVelice will lead "Sand Worm" with an estimated duration of 1.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 pm in the Raspberry Parking Lot of Kincaid Park. We will take a figure eight route on single track trails that will include an ascent and descent of the Kincaid dune.

Epic Runs

Epic Runs

West Anchorage

01/09/2020 – Smooth on the Edges

"Better to remain silent and be thought a fool than to speak and to remove all doubt." Author unknown

E. Marquez will lead "Smooth on the Edges" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

We will meet at 6:30 at the Prospect Heights trailhead.  We will take the main trail towards Wolverine, but then divert onto game trails for a run up towards Rusty Point.   We will circle back to the Wolverine trail to complete a Figure 9 route.

Post Report

Jesse, Eliseo, and Lee left the parking lot with the car’s temperature reading -10F.  As we worked up the hill toward Rusty Point we were greeted with a pleasant inversion that increased the temp to +11F.  On our descent the temp slowly decreased then rapidly after we passed the rock on the Wolverine trail.  The ambient temp hit a low of -16.9F down by Lost Cabin by the river which is the lowest recorded temp on an Epic in recent memory.

-Lee Helzer

The Chugach Front Range

01/02/2020 – Tap and Die Set

"What good is the warmth of summer, without the cold of winter to give it sweetness." ~John Steinbeck, Travels with Charley: In Search of America

Lee Helzer will lead "Tap and Die Set" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at the South Fork Eagle River Trail Head for a 6:30 departure.  We’ll follow the ridge back toward Symphony Lake and return via the South Fork Trail.

04/04/2019 – Rays on Rainbow

04/04/2019 – Rays on Rainbow

Eagle River - South

12/26/2019 – Hidden Lake

“Do not spoil what you have by desiring what you have not; remember that what you now have was once among the things you only hoped for.” ― Epicurus

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

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Glen Alps trailhead.  We will run trails to Hidden Lake, explore the frozen lake, and return.

The Chugach Front Range

12/19/2019 – Nintendo Hill

"Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity." Book of Ecclesiastes

E. Marquez will lead "Nintendo Hill" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Prospect Heights.    We will take the powerline trail, ascend Nintendo Hill and return.

The Chugach Front Range

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