June 4, 2011 · 9:00 AM
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We will meet at Carrs and carpoool to the trailhead.
We can start from the parking lot at mile 17 on Hatchers Pass Road, which is on the right about 2.5 miles past the Gold Mint Trail trailhead and the Mother Lode Lodge (parking fee of $5.00 unless you have state park pass)
The hiking distance is about 3.5 miles and the elevation gain is 3900' (from 870' to the 4780' summit). A race has been held on this trail and some have run it in under an hour to the top, but normal hikers will want several hours. Peak height is 4,781, hiking time about 6-7 hours round trip, and elevation gain about 2,900. Weather can always vary, but dress warm, with multiple layers.
-- Ski/ trekking poles (optional but very helpful on the steeps and on rocky, slippery or icy areas)
-- Kahtoola Ice Grippers
-- Wind shell and wind pants
-- Dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothes as temps change
-- Water & trail snacks
Yes but they need to be sure footed and not hesitant about varied and changing terrain.
$5 parking fee to AK State Parks if you do not have an annual parking pass. Passes are available at REI or AMH for $40/year.
I am taking my dog and have room for 3 more.