Hike/Snowshoe from McHugh Creek trailhead to Rainbow parking lot

  • November 16, 2013 · 9:30 AM

Lets meet at the Carrs Huffman & hike/snowshoe from McHugh creek trailhead to the rainbow parking lot.
On a clear day we will enjoy views of cook inlet/turnagain arm.
The first 1/2 mile of the hike is fairly steep up to the tree line, then it levels out & has some smaller hills up & down.
4 Miles approximate distance & usually the snow is not as deep as some other locations we could go to in the near future.

Carpooling is a must from rainbow back to the McHugh parking lot, we will have to shuttle vehicles to the end before we get started.

What to Bring: Snow shoes, trekking poles, ice grippers, straps or rope to tie off your snowshoes if there not needed.
Layers of non-cotton clothing, snow pants, winter jacket, leg gators, gloves hat & hand warmers.

Optional: extra warm hat & gloves or mittens, light jacket, neck gaiter and/or balaclava & socks.

-- Water/tea/soup/snacks

DOGS? of course they are welcome, bring a leash & clean up after them as needed.

Contact Tim[masked] if you have questions.

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  • Pilar

    Awesome day hiking. Melodie and I took a detour up to the homestead, then joined the trail again. 6 miles, 1500 ft elev in 3 hours. Thanks Tim.

    November 16

    • Tim P.

      Glad you were safe, we were worried where you were!

      November 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    I've been sitting in the SW corner of the Carrs lot since 9:15, but haven't seen anyone else. It's 9:45. Must have missed you guys somehow.

    November 16

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Maureen! I'm afraid the fact that you all "usually meet at Starbucks" was not mentioned, so two of us waited in the parking lot. By the time I saw the note that Tim was in Starbucks everyone was gone. So I chased you guys down the highway to McH parking lot, where I felt I was imposing - no hello, are you with meetup, just- are you ready, hurry, you're late. So, I'm going to Glen Alps. The view of the Alaska Range was just breathtaking this morning!

      1 · November 16

    • Tim P.

      Barbara it wasn't my intention to leave people behind or confuse people.
      I will have edit the description for mtg at the Huffman location-they redid the Starbucks there & moved the seating around.

      November 17

  • Bob F.

    Our group of six had a great time enjoying the scenic beauty of Turnagain Arm. It was really nice to meet Mac and Gus. Thanks Mac, Gus, Jo and Gerry.

    November 17

  • Jo

    Beautiful day for a hike. And got to know some great new Adventurers. Welcome, Mac and Gus! Looking forward to our next outing.

    November 17

  • A former member
    A former member

    Wasn't exactly sure where to meet up at but turned out awesome! Great views, people and sunshine. Trail was easy with very little snow

    November 16

  • Julie

    It was beautiful day outside...a little windy which made for some chill at times but all in all, a great day. Tim and I hiked to the road just before Rainbow parking lot. Never saw Pilar and Melodie after the parking lot....saw the rest on our return to McHugh parking lot. Thanks again Tim for getting me outside and moving!

    November 16

  • Melodie

    Beautiful day, beautiful hike. Thank you Tim

    November 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    I am here at carrs.

    November 16

    • Tim P.

      We're in Starbucks gus

      November 16

    • A former member
      A former member

      I'm in a green H2. A really dirty H2.

      November 16

  • Tim P.

    8.4 miles huh? Works for me, but we have to know we are game for it.

    November 16

    • A former member
      A former member

      I am game.

      November 16

    • Pilar

      I am in for a round trip too

      November 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do we meet at Carrs at 10 or start hiking at 10?

    November 16

  • Julie

    May be interested in round-trip, depending on how quick it is.

    November 16

  • Melodie

    I would like to make it a round trip, but may turn back before Windy Point depending on time and how I feel.

    November 16

  • Bob F.

    Ann and I are planning to do a roundtrip, starting and ending at McHugh.

    November 16

  • A former member
    A former member

    I have some heavy duty ice cleats, but I do not have snowshoes. I understood that snowshoes may or may not be needed, correct?

    November 14

    • Tim P.

      Correct, snowshoes will not be needed. I might wear mine as there brand new & I can be in front. Others could try out new snowshoes & get used to them or wear some ice cleats.

      1 · November 14

    • Julie

      It's a good idea to have a way to strap snowshoes onto your pack for when you do not need them. Most winter packs have straps, etc., but having cords, etc., available is good just in case.

      November 14

  • Julie

    If we have enough people, we could have two groups, one hiking from each direction and 'hand-off' keys as we pass each other.

    November 12

    • Tim P.

      That is an option

      November 12

  • A former member
    A former member

    I can borrow a friend's snowshoes, and I've never snowshoed in my life. Would this be an okay hike for a first attempt? This may be a ridiculous question, but can I use my X-country ski poles as trekking poles in a pinch? I haven't invested in trekking poles yet since I don't know quite how much I'll use them . . . I'm usually more of a winter trail runner.

    November 11

    • Jo

      Chelsea, many folks use ski poles - and not only in a pinch. You can pick up used ones at ValuVillage for a few dollars. Depending on weather between now and weekend, this might be a kahtoola hike, a shoe hike, or a snowshoe! November is an adventure in changeable weather.

      November 12

  • marianne

    Sorry Tim, too far of drive at too early of a time for me....next time!

    November 11

  • Tim P.

    This is a easier hike than most any other options.
    The snow might be gone or not too deep at all.
    Cross country poles are fine if there the right length.

    November 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd love to do this, but I don't know if I am in as good a shape as some of the others (it has been a bad year for getting outdoors for me). I wouldn't want to slow anyone down. However, I really would like to hang out with some experienced winter hikers, especially on that section of trail which is tricky and crumbly about 1-2 miles in.

    November 11

    • Julie

      This isn't too difficult of a hike, the first up-hill part is the toughest in my opinion. Shouldn't be much loose scree with the frozen snow/ice. It is supposed to warm up by the end of the week...but that is too far off to say for sure. The snow probably isn't deep enough for snowshoes, or if there are lots of people, you can be at the back and the trail will be packed. Also, that trail, or area, doesn't always have much snow.

      November 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    Aaron, I haven't hiked in the winter in many years. I have been living in Savannah for the last 4 years. So this will be my first "cold" hike. My warmer hiking boots won't be here until after thanksgiving, so I'm hoping I can find warm enough shoes. It looks like it'll be warmer on Saturday. I also haven't used snow shoes, since I was a kid, but if I go I'm gonna bring some and try them out.

    November 11

  • A former member
    A former member

    I may do this one. I just got here yesterday from savannah. Debating the weather. I think I have warm enough gear.....

    1 · November 10

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