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10-14+ mile Eagle/Symphony Lake Run/Hike

South Fork Trail is in GREAT shape right now. 6 inches of packed snow on the trail, and it's spongy, but not sloppy, and best of all, there is NO mud yet. This weekend will most likely be the last of the mud-free trail until...late October! In addition, Eagle and Symphony lakes are both 3+ feet thick with ice, and the whole boulder field to Symphony Lake is passable by simply walking across Eagle Lake and cutting straight up the ridge. I spent all day Sunday in the valley past Eagle Lake, and there simply wasn't enough time! 

The plan: run from South Fork Trailhead to Eagle Lake, which is 5 miles one-way. Then run/walk along Eagle Lake to just underneath the hut, cut up to the hut, down to Symphony Lake, cross Symphony Lake to the back bowls behind it. I'm guessing most people will want to simply run the 11-12 miles roundtrip to the hut and turn around, but I do plan on bringing some hiking shoes in my pack with me to explore. The trail is in great shape all the way to the bridge. From here, it gets deep. If it snows a lot in the next few days, this update no longer applies :) 

Hikers/slower runners welcome of course, but starting 30 minutes before would be a good idea to meet up at the hut between Symphony/Eagle Lakes at the same time. 

I'm always totally open minded and flexible, but this time I am totally dead set on exploring that entire bowl behind Symphony Lake. The running part is simply a fast way to get back there. Everyone else is welcome to turn around whenever they'd like, continue on farther, etc etc. This is simply a great time of year for exploration. 

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  • Nicole L

    more snow than I was expecting! Shoulda ran with my kahtoolas on to keep from slipping around. Would have loved to have spent the day in Eagle River, to go all the way back to Symphony Lake, especially since the wind died down and the sun started coming out when we got back. But that can be done another day :)

    April 13, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Now, it is a real "no". Have fun you guys!!! Take pics. ;-)

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am changing to "no", because there is no "maybe".

    April 12, 2014

  • Kenton C.

    From Anchorage, head northbound on the Glen Highway for roughly 8 miles. Take the Eagle River Loop exit, head right, then take a right at the intersection, onto Hiland Road. Follow this road for several miles until it winds it's way into Hiland Valley. After passing through a steep gourge, look for South Creek road on your right. Turn, then turn right again onto West Creek Drive shortly afterwards; the parking area where the trail begins will be on the left.

    April 12, 2014

  • Nicole L

    Anybody interested in carpooling?

    April 12, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Help please. I have never been there. Is the location on the invite pretty accurate?

    April 12, 2014

  • Kenton C.

    I will try ever so hard to make this run. I am sick, and definitely not up for it, but the conditions are too perfect that I'm going to try to just suck it up. If I do end up going, I'll just drive myself, because I have no clue if I'll be able to run all the way back there.

    April 12, 2014

    • James

      I do plan to attend, despite any mid-week grumbling I may have made. Hope your feeling better tomorrow. Live for the weekend, right?

      April 12, 2014

  • Kenton C.

    Can i shift this an hour earlier?

    April 9, 2014

    • Kenton C.

      We didnt change the time, meredyth...

      April 12, 2014

    • Meredyth

      Oh! Then I will see everyone at the trailhead tomorrow at 11! Yippie!

      2 · April 12, 2014

  • Richard

    I added a photo from the run there last summer! So much mud! If you are running in the snow, you won't have to contend with mud.

    April 10, 2014

  • amiewu

    darn - i've been thinking about doing this run/hike but am working this weekend...maybe people will be interested in doing it again next month??

    April 8, 2014

    • amiewu

      went out today - first one on the trail - several inches of snow so hard to run but fun to hike. should be packed down better by the weekend - have fun this weekend! did make it to pub run - the slush on the coastal trail was kind of a pain...

      April 9, 2014

    • Kenton C.

      Thats why i chose not to go. Next week though

      April 9, 2014

  • Meredyth

    My plan is to run 30ish out and 30ish back at as fast of a clip as I can manage in the spongy conditions! This will most likely amount to no more than 8 miles round-trip.

    April 8, 2014

    • Meredyth

      Per the training plan I follow with ruthless rigidity, I am not permitted to do that, although I would very much love to. #selfcontrol

      April 8, 2014

    • Kenton C.

      OK, in that case, it's no more than 8 miles. I promise. But you're not allowed to time it or measure it in any way, Meredyth!!

      April 8, 2014

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