Heart 'n Lunger Hike-South Fork Ridge in Eagle River

Heart 'n Lunger Hike
The Heart 'n Lunger hikes will be every Tuesday evening May - September. We have done them every year since 2007. H 'n L hikes, by our definition, gain at least 1500' of elevation. Many of them will offer 2x that elevation gain for the uber-fit among us. Distance and time: 3-4 miles in 3-3.5 hours.  At the other end of the fitness spectrum, the less fit in the group have good naturedly dubbed their sub-group the 'Gaspers 'n Wheezers'. Everyone is welcome these hikes are mix with 'out and back' and " Loop"

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Highest point is about 4000 ft and it is lesser than 4 miles. From State Parks parking lot/ trailhead in South Fork, once we pass the board walk, take a faint trail (route) on the right to the ridge. Follow very narrow paint trail on left to the notch in the ridge, after the second notch, down to low trail.

Direction to the South Fork TH:

Take Glenn HWY North from Anchorage, take the first Eagle river Exit (Eagle river loop/ANC Landfield), stay on the right and turn right at the first light (Hiland RD), follow Hilland RD for about 5 miles and turn right on S Creek rd, right on W Creek rd.

BRING:
-- Wind shell and wind pants
-- Dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothes as temps change
-- Water & trail snacks

DOGS:
Yes

COST:
There is no parking fee at this location.

 

CONTACT:

Kyong- [masked]

 

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  • Mike E.

    Weather was perfect! Large and diversed group from race pace to casual.

    1 · July 10, 2013

  • Kyong W

    We had over 30 hikers tonight!!! Nice hiking condition with motivated hikers. 5 miles, 2400 elevation gain in lesser than 2 hours! Thank you for coming out everyone, Had nice time.

    1 · July 9, 2013

    • Zal

      Thank you for leading these hikes! I enjoyed it....still bringing up the rear though...

      July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Great hike, great weather, great company and super organization. Thanks for putting this together.

      1 · July 10, 2013

  • Greg L.

    I always love these hikes. Thanks Kyong!

    July 9, 2013

  • Janetta

    Well all I have to say is I completed a Kyong hike and am very proud of my pace. All is well in my world today.. And I shared the experience with my son, what else could be better. Thanks guys it was a wonderful way to end my Tuesday night.

    2 · July 9, 2013

  • Cynthia S

    Lovely evening for this hike. Thanks, Kyong!!

    July 9, 2013

  • sharay S.

    gym today instead weight lifting is needed have fun

    July 9, 2013

    • Janetta

      Aww come on sharay I was looking forward to meeting you.

      July 9, 2013

    • sharay S.

      So many things so little time but for sure doing the lost lake backpacking

      July 9, 2013

  • Kathleen

    Any "wheezers and gaspers" going on this hike? I'm working my way to "heart & lung" but not there yet. :) If yes, I can drive a few people (up to 7) in my car from Anchorage.

    July 7, 2013

    • Kathleen

      Hi Renata: We're meeting in the UAA Library Main Lot as soon after 5pm as possible. I'll take your cell # with me.

      July 9, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      ok, i'm on my way.

      July 9, 2013

  • sharay S.

    I'll hit the gym yodau

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am not 100% sure I will make it tonight, but am sure going to try. It will be my first hike with the group, so hope I can find someone my speed.

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    does anyone have a last minute open spot in their cars? I'm in midtown anchorage.

    July 9, 2013

  • Mike E.

    Hey Liz and Leon, this is Mike, I get off at 4, can give you a lift. I can pick you both up by 5:15. I work in mid town, my cell is [masked]

    July 5, 2013

    • Mike E.

      Len did you get my response last night?

      July 9, 2013

    • Mike E.

      So far Leon, Liz and Elizabeth are meeting me at work 600 telephone ave at 5. We can pick you up at 5:20, what's your address and cell?

      July 9, 2013

  • Alison (Full Moon T.

    Doc says no hills yet, period. :(

    July 9, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hey guys! Kind of in the same boat as Leon, I'd really like to go on this trip but need someone to car pool with from DT Anchorage. Willing to pitch in for gas! Hope someone can help me out :)

    July 5, 2013

    • Zal

      Liz I will be driving from Nana downtown. If you still need a ride let me know. Be forewarned, I will be in the "slow" group...not kyong rated yet.... so depending on your kyong level may have to ride back with someone else or wait a bit...:-)

      July 8, 2013

  • Janetta

    Are dogs allowed?

    July 8, 2013

  • Kathleen

    There will be room in my car if anyone needs a ride.

    July 7, 2013

    • A former member
      A former member

      Hi Kathleen, we'd love a ride!! -- boyfriend Martin and myself, Sara. I'm working at Alaska Public Media, 3877 University Dr., but only have a bike this summer. If you're able to pick us up anywhere near the university area tomorrow evening, that'd be amazing. Want to text/call[masked] if you think that'd work? thank you!

      July 8, 2013

  • Janetta

    Kyong is this an out and back hike ?

    July 7, 2013

    • Kyong W

      This is a loop, not much scramble involve but the trail is not well marked.

      July 8, 2013

  • Zal

    Is this hike ok for someone getting back into shape but not there yet? How does it compare to the randezvous peak and mount lyon hike we did last week? I did ok but slower than the rest of you hiking stars!

    June 29, 2013

    • sharay S.

      Maybe I'll tag along, if so can we carpool again

      July 7, 2013

    • Zal

      Cool, we may have a few more in our "slower" group this time!
      Z

      July 7, 2013

  • Neil M

    The ridge will great, the low part may be a little soupy

    July 7, 2013

  • Matt

    Zal, this is basically the same ridge as rendezvous, just starting from the other side.

    Anyone want to carpool from the park and ride lot by the landfill?

    1 · July 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi all, I'm new here, and I'd love to come on this, but I don't have wheels right now. Would anyone be willing to carpool / give me a lift from Midtown/Downtown?
    Thanks in advance!
    Leon

    July 5, 2013

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