Memorial Day hike -Mount POW/MIA

This mountain can easily be seen from the Matanuska-Susitna Veterans Memorial. There is a plaque for the mountain there as well. It is the largest and tallest living military monument. For more about the history of the mountain visit: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mount_POW/MIA


The trail starts just after mile 5 on Eklutna Lake Road. Parking is at Eklutna Lake or at pull-offs along the road. Please do not park in driveways unless permission is granted. To be more specific, electrical pole 85. There is survey tape and somewhat of a rough trail for about the first half mile. The trail disappears into a field and is continued in a draw in the far end of the field. After the majority of the elevation gain to the ridge line, the ridge is followed to the summit of the mountain. At the summit there is a POW /MIA flag, register, and plaque dedicated to James Wesley Widdis, Jr.

Somewhat Difficult; this trail has a lot of elevation gain in short periods of time. There is not much of a formal trail beyond approximately half mile, just survey tape. Once on the ridge the survey tape markers are few and far in between. 4-5 miles RT.

Bring water, food, extra wind gear, hat, gloves.....

Kyong-[masked]

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  • Nicole L

    great way to celebrate Memorial Day! thanks Kyong!

    May 27

  • Kyong W

    Nice hiking conditions, good company. Zach carried a new American flag for our team!! It was very busy place today. Nicole and Zach never hike Thunderbird Fall so we hiked it on our back. Thanks everyone, had wonderful time.

    May 26

  • Nicole L

    I'll plan to meet you all at the trailhead

    May 25

    • Kyong W

      Nicole, don't go all the way to Eklutna lake parking lot. Try to find parking on the side of the rd around mile 5.

      May 25

    • Abe

      I'd say 10:15 too since we'll need driving time from eagle river.

      May 26

  • Shaun E. S.

    Maybe.

    May 25

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