March 9, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Let's explor the Ptarmigan Valley in Chugiak. Bring your classic or back country ski or/and Snowshoes.
I am going to bring both ski and snowshoes. Never hike nor ski on this trail. I am going to ski as far as I can and try to snowshoe up to the ridge between Baldy and Backtrail Rocks.
The Ptarmigan Valley (also known as "Little Peters Creek") is open to snowmobiles and can be accessed from the trailhead off the Old Glenn Highway. Designed for snowmobilers, the trail is kept wide and free of brush. After winding along a hillside for about 4 miles, it enters the upper Ptarmigan Valley (also called Little Peters Creek Valley), where you can hop onto a high ridge if you want a view.
There are nice woodland views at lower elevations. Be sure to stay on the trails in these areas. There are also views of upper Cook Inlet and Eagle River from this area. Plan to be out for 6-8 hours
Off the Old Glenn Highway (next to the Rural Discount Center, east side of the highway, one mile south of the Chugiak Senior Center).
-- Ski/trekking poles (optional but very helpful on the steep, slippery or icy areas)
-- Crampons or Kahtoola Ice Grippers
-- Wind shell and wind pants
-- Dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothes as temps change
-- Water & trail snacks