Hike Little O'Malley and O'Malley Peak

What: Hike O'Malley Peak (5150 ft) RT 10Miles

When: Saturday Feb 8,  9:00 am

Total elevation gain is about 3500 feet.

There will be scree scrambling, rock hugging, and snow plowing involved.

This is not for beginners, hard packed snow and icy trail.  

From the Glen Alps parking lot, follow the Powerline Pass Trail for about a mile, taking the trail to the left that drops to South Fork Campbell Creek. Continue over the bridge and climb the steep trail up toward the Little O'Malley Peak. From the Little O'Malley, follow the trail onto the wide open "Football Field". Hike toward the dirty gully in the right corner of the Football Field and scramble up over loose rock and dirt. Once you've reached the top of the gully, turn left and traverse under the ridge crest for several hundred yards to reach the summit.

Trailhead: Drive south on the New Seward Highway and take the O'Malley road exit and head east. Drive about 4 miles and take a right onto Hillside drive. Drive approximately 1 mile and turn left onto Upper Huffman Road, and drive .7 miles to a three way intersection, turn right onto Toilsome Hill Drive. Go about 2 miles to the Glen Alps parking area, the trailhead is on the left.

What to Bring:

-Head Lamp/Flash lights

-Ski/ trekking pole(s) recommended.

-- Ice grippers.

-- Ice axe optional.

-- Snowshoes( hope don't have to use them).

-- Layers of non-cotton clothing; wind shell and wind pants.

-- Sunglasses, for wind and it can be a very Sunny.

-- Warm hat & gloves or mittens; neck gaiter and/or balaclava, gaiters optional but recommended.

-- Water & snacks.

DOGS: Yes

Contact Kyong[masked] if you have questions.

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  • Kyong W

    Nice warm clear day on O'Malley today. 7 strong and brave hikers and 2 dogs enjoyed the Spring hike. It was in 30F at the summit, no wind and sunny. We started at Little O'Malley trail and hiked down to Hidden lake trail. Thank you Sam for helping us out and thank you all for the wonderful outing.

    February 8, 2014

  • Greg P.

    Hi Kyong, here's a western view of Little O from the Middle Fork Loop Trail last Sunday. As you can see it's rather bare of snow, although you can expect lots of hard-frozen snow in the gully... http://www.meetup.com/AnchorageAdventurers/photos/19906452/330196292/

    February 6, 2014

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