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 5 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 the west ridge for a loop route.

The Chugach Front Range

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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

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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.

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

 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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.

Turnagain Arm

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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

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05/21/2020 – Bird Flew

"Instead of buying your children all the things you never had, you should teach them all the things you were never taught. Material wears out but knowledge stays." - Bruce Lee

Lee Helzer will lead "Bird Flew" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Update

The Highway will be closed from 10pm to 5am in Indian.  We will keep the pace up to ensure we are back at the car by 9:30pm.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Bird Ridge trailhead (the rock quarry mega-lot).  We will follow Bird Creek to the falls, then we will select a suitable ascent route to the top of Bird Ridge.  We will return by the standard route.

Turnagain Arm

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05/14/2020 – Botanical Recon

"There is a love of wild nature in everybody, an ancient mother-love ever showing itself or no, and however covered by cares and duties." ~John Muir

Rob DeVelice will lead "Botanical Recon" with an estimated duration of 2 hours.

Meet at 6:30 pm in the Windy Corner parking area on the Seward Highway. We will begin on the Turnagain Arm Trail for a couple of kilometers and then diverge upslope via scramble and bushwack towards Sheep Thrills Ridge botanizing along the way. We will return after about one hour by the same route.

Turnagain Arm

3 thoughts on “05/14/2020 – Botanical Recon

  1. Not sure if I’m equipped to attend. I don’t have trail running shoes, just hi cut hiking boots. I’m in fairly good shape for a 63 year old. I’m interested but not sure if I could keep up. Advice?

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05/07/2020 – Rays on Rainbow

“Gradually it was disclosed to me that the line separating good and evil passes not through states, nor between classes, nor between political parties either -- but right through every human heart -- and through all human hearts. " Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn

Jesse Gobeli will lead "Rays on Rainbow" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Telephone Pole Rock parking area just south of Beluga Point on the Seward Highway.  We will follow trails until we ascend the north face of Rainbow Peak.  We will return by the standard route.

Turnagain Arm

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04/30/2020 – Potter to McHugh, Maybe

"What would you attempt to do if you knew you could not fail?" ~Robert Schuller

Anne Ver Hoef will lead "Potter to McHugh, Maybe" with an estimated duration of 2.5 hours.

This out and back route will attempt to get on the ridge to McHugh from Potter Valley Rd. Meet at 6:30 in the dirt pull-out area shortly after Potter Valley Road becomes gravel (turn left to cont. on Potter Valley Rd and not SouthPointe Rd). Approx 2.5 hours, some bush bashing required to avoid private property.

Turnagain Arm

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  1. I’m probably not going to make it to this one. We tried this a couple of years ago. It’s all private property up there, there is no legal public access.

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04/23/2020 – Hillside Ramble

“Turn your attention for a while away from the worries and anxieties. Remind yourself of all your many blessings.” – Ralph Marston

E. Marquez will lead "Hillside Ramble" with an estimated duration of 3 hours.

Meet at 6:30 p.m. at the Hillside trailhead off of Abbott Road.  We will follow trails to Near Point and return.

The Chugach Front Range

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