08/13/2020 – 907 Goat

"If you achieve something good with hard work, the labour passes away, but the good remains. If you do something shameful for the sake of pleasure, the pleasure passes, but the shame remains." ~Musonius Rufus

Lee Helzer will lead "907 Goat" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at 14815 Echo Canyon Rd. off of Canyon Rd. for a 6:30 departure.  Park by the basketball hoop past the driveway.  Please keep dogs on leash at the house due to cats on the loose.

We will take a quick jaunt down Eva’s trail, then sneak back up to Canyon Rd. on the secret trail.  From the trailhead we will head up Peak 3 and follow the ridge back to Ptarmigan pass, then drop down to the Powerline trail.  We will follow the Powerline trail  for a bit before we B-line to Canyon Rd. via the pass between Flattop and Peak 2.  Canyon Rd. will take us back to the start.  If we so choose we can record our names on the finisher clipboard.

See this link for details: https://www.strava.com/activities/3885342193


The Chugach Front Range

08/06/2020 – Sheep Thrill Plus

"Worrying is like paying debt you don’t owe." —Mark Twain

E. Marquez will lead "Sheep Thrill Plus" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

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.

Turnagain Arm

07/30/2020 – Double Bypass

"It is futile to do with more what can be done with fewer.” ― William of Ockham

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Double Bypass" with an estimated duration of 4.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Ptarmigan trailhead in Chugiak.  We will follow the main trail up the valley, ascend Blacktail Rocks and then Roundtop to complete a loop back to the main trail.

Eagle River - North

07/23/2020 – The Ramp

"None are so old as those who have outlived enthusiasm." Henry David Thoreau

E. Marquez will lead "The Ramp" with an estimated duration of 4.5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Glen Alps trailhead.  We will take the trail to Hidden Lake, then ascend to the ridgeline and traverse to the Ramp.  We will return by the main trail.

The Chugach Front Range

07/16/2020 – Ninja Ridge

The philosopher..."is like one who retires under the shelter of a wall in the storm of dust and sleet which the driving wind hurries along" Plato, The Republic

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Ninja Ridge" with an estimated duration of 4 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Rabbit Lakes trailhead at the very end of Canyon Rd.  We will follow hidden trails that plunge to Rabbit Creek. We will follow the creek for awhile before taking off on an ascent to McHugh Peak.  We will then stay on the ridgeline all the way to Rabbit Lake and return on the main trail.

The Chugach Front Range

07/09/2020 – South Suicide Plus

"Do it or don't do it - you will regret both." ~Soren Kierkegaard

Lee Helzer will lead "South Suicide Plus" with an estimated duration of 6 or more hours.

Meet at the Rainbow trail head for a 6:30 departure.  We will follow hidden trails to the headwaters of Rainbow creek where we will ascend directly to the summit of South Suicide.  We will return via Hole in the Wall for a loop route.

Post Report

  • 5h 54m
  • 9.42 miles
  • ~5,700 ascent
  • 4 participants (Lee, Jesse, Eliseo, & Tyndall) 1 dog (Jack)

The Chugach Front Range

07/02/2020 – Williwaw Loop

"It is human nature to think wisely and act in an absurd fashion." Anatole France

E. Marquez will lead "Williwaw Loop" with an estimated duration of 5 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Prospect Heights trailhead.  We will proceed over Near Point, drop to the valley, continue to Long Lake and Williwaw Pass, then return via Middle Fork trail.

Post Report

  • 18.6 miles
  • 5h 09m
  • 4200 Ascent
  • Lee, Heather, Jesse (Jack), & Eliseo

The Chugach Front Range

06/25/2020 – Botany Challenge v49.2020

"The morning stars still sing together, and the world, not yet half made, becomes more beautiful every day." ~John Muir

Rob DeVelice will lead "Botany Challenge v49.2020" with an estimated duration of 1.5 hours.

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.



Post Report

Twelve people and four dogs participated in this event on June 25, 2020. In addition to observing 50+ species of native plant, a subset of us also had the thrill of watching a dipper bird (Cinclus mexicanus) in action.

Turnagain Arm

06/18/2020 – Full Circle

"When we speak of our virtues we are competitors, when we confess our sins we become brothers." Karl Barth

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Full Circle" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.

Meet at the Peter’s Creek trailhead at the end of Malcolm Drive.  We will ascend Bear Mountain, partially descend the north ridge, traverse an alpine valley and ascend Eklutna Peak, then plunge back to the main trail completing a circle route.

Peters Creek

06/11/2020 – Poppy’s Alaskan Half Marathon

"There's a fine line between fishing and just standing on the shore like an idiot." ~Steven Wright

Lee Helzer will lead "Poppy's Alaskan Half Marathon" with an estimated duration of 5 hours.

In honor of Rick Stutzman’s (aka Poppy’s) 70th birthday (June 18th); his upcoming partial knee replacement surgery (July 15th); and simply having a reason to come together as friends and family (virtually)…

You are invited…

Meet at the South Fork Eagle River trail head for a 6:30 departure to join us for an Alaska half marathon to celebrate a truly great man and long distance runner, whom we are lucky to call Dad, Poppy, Uncle, Brother, Neighbor, and Friend.

We will depart from the South Fork Eagle River trail head at 6:30 sharp and head up to 3965 then follow the ridge to 4710 and return via the Symphony Lakes and the South Fork trail.  The distance will be over 13.1 miles and probably less than 15 miles.

Rick Stutzman

Rick Stutzman

Post Report

  • 15 miles
  • 5600 ascent
  • 5h 9m
  • Jesse (Jack), Eliseo, Tyndall, Lee

Eagle River - South

06/04/2020 – Falls Peak Circumnavigation

“Man cannot discover new oceans unless he has the courage to lose sight of the shore.“ ~ Andre Gide

E. Marquez will lead "Falls Peak Circumnavigation" with an estimated duration of 3.5 hours.


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.

Turnagain Arm

05/28/2020 – Ridgeline Above McHugh Creek

"We find comfort among those who agree with us - growth among those who don't." Frank A Clark

Anne Ver Hoef will lead "Ridgeline Above McHugh Creek" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

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.

Turnagain Arm