#5 Near Point

We are doing beginner hike # 5 on Cinqo de Mayo so it's a good excuse for a pah-ty!  Plan is to head up Near Point, which will take us around 4-5 hours so this is why I started a half hour early. Hike will be moderate, approx. 8 miles and 1900 feet elevation gain. The trail is well travelled with plenty of parking.

Snowshoes will not be needed... but bring gaiters as there will be snow or mud. This trail gets pretty muddy in spring (not sure if we're there yet!) and as good trail stewards we'll be expected to plow through the mud rather than cut new trails (or risk being mocked as weenies .)

Bring-good ice grippers (uphill rink at times so be warned!), aforementioned gaiters and good boots, layers, pack, camera, bear spray. If it's not windy it would be fun to have a little Mexican themed celebration at top-bring something fun but light-a small treat to share, a sombrero, your chihuahua! I'll bring Mexican music and dixie cup Margaritas to share.

Paking $5 or state park pass. Well behaved dogs welcome!

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Thanks to all for making this first trip in Alaska enjoyable. Ron will get your gaiters to you - thanks for loaner.

    May 9, 2013

  • Michelle O.

    Wow, every week it seem impossible to top the previous week, but this definitely did it! Wonderful way to celebrate Cinco de Mayo. Gracias Maureen for the beautiful sunshine and margaritas! Also Gracias Dana & Ken for the strawberry Margaritas and awesome guac & chips! I'll see everyone in a couple weeks, family visiting for my daughter's graduation.

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • Michelle O.

      Oh, and I got the note about Midnight Sun, thanks for the invite! Sorry I couldn't make it, I had several errands to take care of. Next time!

      May 5, 2013

  • Chuck F.

    Muchos Gracias Maureen Para el Margaritas y toro!

    May 5, 2013

    • Chuck F.

      I meant todo not toro. My spanish not so good si?

      May 5, 2013

  • Ron

    I hate to keep giving Maureen all these superlative comments about her trips, so I am only going to say, it was an alright trip. Sure the sun was out, shining hot and bright, burning my nose pink. And sure, the company was wonderful, but whats new about that. And sure, the hiking was top notch to be sure. Okay, Maureen carried drinks for all of us up an Alaskan mountain, but that is to be expected, right? Well, heck, now that I reread the above I guess it was one h*&# of a trip! Thanks Maureen!

    May 5, 2013

    • Janetta

      Couldn't have said it any better. That was a fantastically funny way to say it.

      May 5, 2013

  • Ron

    ¿Qué es lo que los diablos son ustedes hablar?

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    made it back in one piece, Ron I still have your gaiters, let me know how to get these back to you

    1 · May 5, 2013

    • maureen

      Glad you lived...that means maybe we'll see you again!

      May 5, 2013

    • Ron

      Hang on to them till we meet again. Hopefully next Sunday on El Maureen's next hike into the Alaskan wilds.

      May 5, 2013

  • Pilar

    Que mejor manera de celebrar 5 de Mayo, una caminata excelente con margaritas y guacamole en el tope del mundo. Gracias Maureen. You rock.

    May 5, 2013

    • ShaneD

      Estoy de acuerdo, tiempo perfecto y gran compania. Gracias a todos

      May 5, 2013

  • Janetta

    Another AWESOME Sunday gracias Maureen

    May 5, 2013

  • maureen

    Great hike, trail all snow covered still, fun group, nice conversation, awesome weather with no wind and bright sun at the top.

    May 5, 2013

    • maureen

      thanks Dana & Ken for bringing the guac and chips and strawberry margaritas!

      May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sorry last minute change of plans!

    May 5, 2013

  • Bob F.

    Thanks Maureen for keeping them on the trail! Have a great hike! Happy Cinco de Mayo.

    May 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    anyone know where I can get some cheap gaiters - left mine back home by accident. and Katoohlas or a cheaper less beafy trekker?? More than likely I will never use these again.

    May 4, 2013

    • maureen

      Seward Highway south, get off on Omalley and head toward mountains. Go all the way down O'Malley, It will bend to left and become Hillside. Shortly after that take Right onto Upper Omalley, then left on Prospect. Trailhead is on right quite a ways down.

      May 5, 2013

    • maureen

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      May 5, 2013

  • Laura S.

    Maureen at al, something urgent has come up and I won't be able to make it today. Very disappointing and sorry for last minute notice. -LRS

    May 5, 2013

  • Cynthia S

    Feeling under the weather so I'll not make it this morning. Argh.

    May 5, 2013

  • Pilar

    Will bring Pinky and Krrome

    May 4, 2013

  • maureen

    Forecast is sunny and 40! yipee

    May 4, 2013

  • maureen

    I added some details to the event-It's Cinquo de Mayo so wear or bring something Mexican-y if you are able/interested.

    May 2, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Any issues with dogs coming? Mine have hiked this before and enjoy it

    April 30, 2013

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