Hike up Bear Mountain and along ridge toward to MT Eklutna

What: Hike to Bear Mt  (3140ft) and turn right on the ridge to Mt Eklutna (4009ft) Distance: 9 miles (loop),  Difficulty: Strenuous, uphill all the way in deep snow.

When: Saturday, 23 Nov 2013 at 10:00 AM.

Why: We did it last year and had wonderful time.

This is either a Kahoola or snow shoe hike, but not a good ski. We start at the Peter's Creek Trail Head and after about 100 or so feet turn left and up the mountain. At times it can get steep, and we will hike as far as we can toward to Mt Eklutna and take right side trail right before the peak back to the Peters Creek trail.  The views will open up to Cook Inlet and you can see from Palmer to Anchorage. For those who are not really in for a long hike, you can hike the Bear Mt and turn around.   Often when doing ridge walks, the weather can be warm at the bottom and cold and breezy at the top, so dress accordingly (in layers).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

BRING:
-- Ski/ trekking poles
--Ice grippers or Kahtoola

--Snowshoese
-- Wind &/or rain shell and pants
-- Dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothes as temps change
-- Water & lunch and trail snacks

DOGS are welcome but can very cold and windy
COST:
There is no fee but very limited parking space at this location

CONTACT:

Kyong at[masked]

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  • Kyong W

    Good snow condition but strong wind kept coming...... it was a good hike. We finished in 5 hour & 10 minutes, good work friends. :))

    2 · November 23, 2013

  • Marty

    Awesome hike! Thanks for organizing!

    November 23, 2013

  • Shaun E. S.

    Good challenge for one old man in the group. Keep em coming Kyong!

    November 23, 2013

  • Jennifer D.

    Keeley, Ed, and I stared late and finished early, but we got drinks and pizza!

    November 23, 2013

  • Andrew C.

    See you guys at the trailhead

    November 23, 2013

  • Kyong W

    Clear day, good snow!! I m going to ski after hiking.... if anyone join, please bring your XC ski!!

    November 23, 2013

  • Kyong W

    I will carry my snowshoes on this hike.

    November 22, 2013

  • Shaun E. S.

    Light snow falling at base of Bear Mountain presently. I plan to meet other adventurers at the trail head (10:15 am AKST +/-) in the morning provided I can get a vehicle that far on snow covered ice glaze. Otherwise, I may be requesting transport from the Lady Bug Rock. Glad that my podiatrist is a party member.

    November 22, 2013

    • Andrew C.

      I live close to the lady bug just let me know

      November 22, 2013

    • Shaun E. S.

      My home's on Schaff Drive in Tonjess Estates. 688-4126. Look forward to meeting you. I've been climbing Bear Mnt since 1984. First time straight up because I was unaware of trail. This'll be my first winter excursion up the front and down the backside. Looking forward to it.

      November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is there a weather call for this hike?

    November 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I really want to do this, Kyong, I just can't seem to talk myself into saying yes. Nine miles uphill seems like more than I should commit to ... is it similar to the Rendezvous Peak hike???

    November 19, 2013

    • Shaun E. S.

      The last several hundred yards ascending Bear Mountain are rigorous for someone 60 years of age when there is not snow. Snow likely won't make it easier. Once atop Bear Mountain, the grade is considerable less depending upon the route followed over or around Mt. Eklutna. The proposed descent, as I understand the routing, is no picnic for old legs. I found it to be bit of a grind that's best to take slowly. Youngsters will no doubt contest the opinion. Anywho, it ain't all up hill for nine miles. Snow's in the forecast. Have you considered taking the route next summer?

      November 19, 2013

    • Kyong W

      It is not 9 mile up hill, may be 5 up and 4 down:))

      November 22, 2013

  • Shaun E. S.

    Statement as of 6:35 am AKST on November 20, 2013

    " Confidence is increasing that warmer air aloft
    will overspread cold air at the surface from the western Kenai
    Peninsula through the Anchorage bowl... Matanuska Valley... and
    southern Susitna Valley. The threat for freezing rain will increase
    in these areas late Thursday night into Friday. Strong southeasterly winds along Turnagain Arm and higher elevations
    will ramp up early Friday morning with the possibility of affecting
    south and west Anchorage during the day on Friday which will act to
    bring temperatures near or above freezing. Even with temperatures
    above freezing... rain falling on already frozen surfaces will make
    travel difficult. Cold air will return late Friday afternoon and
    evening transitioning precipitation back to snow and facilitating
    a refreezing of surfaces. Please visit www.NWS.NOAA.Gov/Anchorage to get the latest forecasts
    and warnings for this approaching storm.

    November 20, 2013

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