Rusty Point sits on the ridge extending southwest of Wolverine Peak. It features nice views in all directions, especially up the Middle Fork valley toward the Williwaw Lakes and Mount Williwaw. I'd rate this trip as moderate to slightly-strenuous, since there will be bushwacking and side-hilling on rough ground. Round trip distance will be about 10 miles, with elevation gain of 2,700 feet. Plan to be out 6-7 hours.
Be prepared for mud and water on the lower trails. We'll be heading up the Wolverine Trail to the cairn on the central ridge. There's some residual snow from the hemlocks up toward the cairn, but it can be done without Kathtoolas if you're careful. From the cairn, we'll head across the valley thru alpine tundra to gain the southwest ridge via a mostly snow-free route between Wolverine and Rusty. Then we ridge-walk west over Rusty, traverse south across its high western slope , descend the steep southwest shoulder, and bushwack southeast to the Middle Fork Loop Trail near the new bridge.
Suggested Gear: Non-cotton clothing layers, wind protection, gaiters, trekking poles, water, sunglasses, sunscreen, skeeter dope, bear spray etc. Kahtoolas are optional.
Driving Directions: From Hillside Dr: east (uphill) on Upper O’Malley Rd, left on Prospect Dr, left on Sidorof Ln, right into trailhead entrance.
Trail Map: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/units/chugach/hillsideblck.pdf
Parking: State parks sticker or $5 day fee required.
Dogs: Well-behaved dogs are welcome. Please have a leash available, and be prepared to clean up.
Warning: Always take precautions to prevent vehicle break-ins at trailheads.
Summer Photo: Williwaw Lakes from the Rusty Point ridgeline, July 20, 2012...