(Click link above for map to trailhead)
I'd prefer to do this on Sunday, but the weather forecast favors Saturday. If the weather ends up bad, this may be postponed a day.
This is all knew terrain for me, but I've heard good reviews! Click on the link above to see a map of the closest location to the Ptarmigan Valley Trailhead I could find (the parking lot is right next door).
I plan to wear running shoes, but the official trail terminates 4-5 miles up at about 3,000 feet elevation, so I'm not planning on running this one (James says in the discussion section below that it's runnable, however), but making it a faster-paced hike. Depending on conditions, it'd be nice to see how far up Blacktail Ptarmigan Rocks we can get! (4,350 ft elevation).
(Limited) Trail info: www.alaskahikesearch.com/hikes/ptarmigan-valley-trail/
Feel free to turn around wherever you would like! If you plan on summiting, Kahtoolas and gators would be a good idea. Snowline is at roughly 3,000ft right now. This means you can still get an 8-10 mile hike in without hitting the snow.
It's a 30 minute drive from downtown Anchorage. I plan on leaving at roughly 9:15am. If anyone wants a ride (Sullivan Arena area) and doesn't have major Sunday time constraints, or doesn't mind carpooling back with others, I'd be more than happy to bring you along!
*By signing up for this event, you are in agreement that attendance at this outing is strictly voluntary and of your own choice and that you agree 100% to accept personal responsibility for all and any foreseen and unforeseen events that may occur.