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.