Snowshoe to Hidden Lake and Beyond

Description: This is an easy place to get to with lots of places to explore and wander about. Hidden Valley is a gently sloping glacial valley with really cool rock formations. A creek with lush greenery runs through the middle. Just off the Powerline Trail, a narrow track leads up a side valley to a trio of grand destinations: Hidden peak (5105ft), The Ramp (5240 ft), and The Wedge(4660 ft).

I would like to hike to Hidden Lake and then depending on time and conditions, gain the ridge and summit the Ramp or Hidden Peak.  Total hike time should be around 6 hours but Hidden Lake is a good turnaround spot for about a 4 hour hike.

When/Where: Please meet at the Glen Alps Trailhead.

Cost: $5 (bring exact amount) or State Parks Sticker.

BRING:

- Snowshoes will probably be necessary.  Crampons are optional.

- Kahtoolas or other traction footwear are optional but highly recommended as the trail will be snowy and icy.

- trekking poles (optional but very helpful on the steeps and on rocky, muddy, and slippery areas)

- Dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothes as temps change

- Water & trail snacks

DOGS: Yes.

Abe -[masked]



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  • Christine

    I'm coming for sure and bringing a friend too. Looking forward to meeting everybody :-)

    January 10, 2014

    • Julie

      Nice meeting you! Hey, could you ask Gretchen if she could resend the pic she took of me? Send to 5099955809. Thanks, Julie

      January 12, 2014

    • Christine

      I'll pass that along to her!

      January 13, 2014

  • Abe

    There were a few spots where we were post-holing between the bridge and the stream crossing. Unfortunately we didn't make it all the way to any of the peaks but we made it high enough to have fantastic views in a cloudless sky! Roughly 10 miles r/t with 2000 ft of elevation gain. Thanks everybody!

    January 11, 2014

  • Christine

    Had a great time! Thanks!

    January 11, 2014

  • Rebecca

    Great hike, thanks for organizing Abe. I can't wait to go back and summit the Ridge or Wedge next time!

    January 11, 2014

  • Judith B.

    Good fun today. Mellow group hiked middle fork to rusty point and back

    January 11, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    But I'm just starting back after YEARS! I think I had my Arctic Wilderness class at UAA (Arctic Survival) about 10 years ago or maybe more...What if I can't make it all the way...will you all leave me behind?

    January 10, 2014

    • Judith B.

      it is true that on many adventurers people find "pace-mates" especially with larger groups.

      January 10, 2014

    • Judith B.

      Toni- please know that you are responsible for yourself. If you do not keep up, you fall behind. The group doesn't leave you behind. You have to evaluate your capacity to have the right gear, supplies and capacity to participate. if you have any doubt, then you turn back.

      January 10, 2014

  • Ryan R.

    Looking forward to the hike and meeting everyone. I will be coming from the Sheraton Hotel downtown if anyone should need some help. PH[masked]

    January 10, 2014

  • Christine

    I'm going to try to make this, if my husband is well enough to man our fort for the morning... I would likely turn back after reaching hidden lake after taking time to explore some.

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    What are Kahtoolas? I see that I am very "behind the times"...perhaps somewhere between the booted foot and snowshoes?

    January 10, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Sylvia...why will you only show your forehead? Probably why I only show my cat....maybe?

    January 10, 2014

  • Christine

    I have kahtoolas but no snowshoes... How likely would it be that I could squeeze by on this one?

    January 7, 2014

    • Christine

      It's a summer favorite for us... I'll see if I can get over to REI then, or hit up a friend to borrow some.

      January 7, 2014

    • Abe

      Based on what Greg said, I might leave my snowshoes in the car. The whole front range looks really low on snow right now. Thanks for the heads up Greg.

      January 8, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it relatively flat up to hidden lake? Trying to convince the hubs that he could handle it!

    1 · January 7, 2014

    • Christine

      He should try it and could always turn back... Powerline pass out to the hidden lake trail is relatively flat. I wouldn't say hidden lake is steep but it's not flat

      January 7, 2014

    • Abe

      Christine is correct. There isn't much elevation gain for the first 3 miles and then you climb 1000 ft over the next mile and a half. That is less steep than Flattop.

      January 8, 2014

  • Judith B.

    Sorry it's 50 hikes in ... By shepherd and Wozniak

    January 8, 2014

  • Judith B.

    9 mile hike, elevation gain 1550 feet, 5-7 hours per 40 hikes in alaska's Chugach p 135. You can always turn back when you've had enough fun or challenge.

    1 · January 8, 2014

  • Greg P.

    Exposed open areas were almost bare on Maureen's Dec 27 hike to Ship Lake Pass, which follows much of the same route. I needed snowshoes where snow had accumulated in the sheltered areas, but some folks did the whole trip with Kahtoolas. See photos here... http://www.meetup.com/AnchorageAdventurers/photos/19253812/#[masked]

    January 7, 2014

  • Sylvia M.

    working.bummer.

    January 7, 2014

  • Judith B.

    We will meet the group and do our own mellow thing probably over to middle fork trail

    January 7, 2014

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