Heart 'n Lunger Hike- Indian Peak

Heart 'n Lunger Hike
The Heart 'n Lunger hikes will be every Tuesday evening May - September. We have done them every year since 2007. H 'n L hikes, by our definition, gain at least 1500' of elevation. Many of them will offer 2x that elevation gain for the uber-fit among us. Distance and time: 3-4 miles in 3-3.5 hours. At the other end of the fitness spectrum, the less fit in the group have good naturedly dubbed their sub-group the 'Gaspers 'n Wheezers'. Everyone is welcome these hikes are mix with 'out and back' and " Loop"

When and Where: Mile 105 Seward High Way at 6 pm

This trailhead has a very small parking (6-8 cars max) lot so please arrange carpools.

The trailhead is at a small turnout at mile 104.5 on the north (mountain) side of the Seward Highway.  This is past the Falls Creek trailhead but before you make the final bend to Indian Valley. 


The route follows the Old Johnson Trail toward Anchorage for about one-half mile, then veers off along a sheep trail straight up the ridge. The terrain is similar to Bird Ridge, but the trail is steeper and less eroded, getting more sheep traffic than human traffic. Hikers will be rewarded with spectacular views of Turnagain Arm, as well as early tundra wildflowers. The route is a simple out and back, so you may turn around whenever you wish.  It is 2,500' of elevation gain over 1.4 miles to the peak.

Wear sturdy footwear and bring sufficient water.

Be prepared for windy conditions, as there are hardly any trees after leaving the Johnson Trail.

Dogs that don't chase wildlife are welcome, and that there is no charge for parking at the trailhead.

Kyong [masked]

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  • Kyong W

    About 3700f felevation gained in 2:45 mins, 2.5 mile ascented!! It was too hot for me... Thanks everyone, nice work out.

    July 29

  • ShaneD

    Nice 3.5 hr burn !

    Scatology report - bear and wolf.

    Berryvana also - Service, blue, crow, rasp and bane to name a few.

    Thanks Kyong !!

    July 29

  • Jessica H.

    I was late, but finally made one - never even noticed this turnout before. Definitely one to do again.

    July 29

  • ShaneD

    Will stop by Carr's Huffman to car pool about 5:30. Is about 15 miles/20 minutes from there, so leave at 5:35 ish. Maybe meet/park over by the dumpsters ?

    July 29

    • Rick C.

      I have a truck and can take 4. I'll be by the dumpsters. Blue Titan

      July 29

    • Elliott

      @ carrs now. Whoever wants to carpool, call me @[masked]

      July 29

  • Elliott

    Running 5 min late

    July 29

  • Elliott

    I'll be at carrs at 530 for the carpool

    July 29

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it ok if I meet up at 530 at Carr's for a carpool?

    July 29

  • catherine

    Going to try to meet at 530 at carrs...

    July 29

  • sage

    Still I'll ;-((

    July 29

  • Nicole L

    those who would like to carpool on the earlier time side, let's plan to meet at sears parking lot at 5:15. meet on the far east side of the lot

    July 28

  • David L.

    I'll ride my motorcycle to conserve on parking space. Anyone want a ride? lol :)

    1 · July 28

  • 9 S.

    I would like to carpool from Carrs-Huffman that evening and could go later. I will be in the slow, steady, admiring wildflowers group.

    July 28

  • Manuela A.

    I'm up for carpooling!

    July 28

  • sara

    would anyone be starting a little late like 6:20?

    July 28

  • Elliott

    I'm up for a carpool

    July 27

  • Nicole L

    would anybody like to carpool from Anchortown? Seward hwy suggestions are sears, carrs huffman, or...

    1 · July 27

  • Shaun E. S.

    maybe if schedule allows.

    July 23

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