Let's take an easy-paced hike on the scenic foot trails around Hemlock Knob in Chugach State Park. We'll be going 4-5 miles on gently rolling terrain with about 1,000 feet of cumulative elevation gain. This might be a good intro hike for reasonably fit members who are new to Anchorage or new to winter hiking. Plan to be out about 3 hours.
Although these trails are hiked regularly, they may be a bit sloppy from the recent warm weather. The trees will provide a fair amount of wind protection, but there are frequent open vistas of the distant mountains. This area has no avalanche danger.
Suggested gear: Daypack and non-cotton clothing layers so you can add/shed layers as needed. Wind/rain protection, gaitors, traction devices (Kahtoolas, ICEtrekkers, studded boots, etc), hydration and snacks.
Driving Directions: From corner of New Seward Hwy and O'Malley Rd: go toward the mountains (east) on O'Malley Rd; right (south) on Hillside Dr; left (east) on Upper Huffman Rd, left on Sultana Dr.
Trail Map: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/chugach/hillsideblck.pdf
Parking: State parks sticker or $5 day fee required.
Dogs: OK. Please have a leash handy for control if/when needed, and be prepared to clean up.
Warning: There have been recent trailhead break-ins, so don't leave valuables in your car!