Heart 'n Lunger Hike- Ridge toward to Pepper peak at Eklutna lake

  • August 12, 2014 · 6:00 PM
  • Eklutna Lake

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"

We will take the Twin peak trial up to the first bench, about 1.5 mile. Then take small trail next the bench.  Hike up to the ridge toward to Pepper peak until the trail meet with a small trail from the second bench.  Follow the trail toward to Twin Peaks to the second bench and hike down to the parking lot.


From Anchorage, head north on the Glen Highway for roughly 26 miles and take the Eklutna exit. Head right, then turn immediately right at the T. From here go about half a mile and turn onto a road marked on the left for Eklutna Lake. Follow this road for several miles until passing a ranger station. Drive past the first parking area to where the road ends at a second. From here, follow the lakeside trail until reaching a sign marking the start of the Twin Peaks trail.

What to bring:

-- Wind &/or rain shell and pants
-- Dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothes as temps change
-- Water & lunch and trail snacks

DOGS are welcome
There is $5 parking fee at this location



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  • Kyong W

    Just 3 of us, saw the rain clouds end of the lake but no rain for us. Nice and cool evening with lot of Blue berries. Trail from the first bench was steep but the view was fantastic. Thank you Melodie and Matthew.

    August 12

  • Matthew H H.

    Really fun!
    Great views and berries!!

    August 12

  • Kyong W

    Having hard time to getting out of office, trying to be there ASAP. May be by 6:15

    August 12

  • Thao L.

    Hi, I can't make it anymore. I have to pick a friend up from the airport. Enjoy the hike guys and berries.

    August 12

  • Lilli

    Anyone interested in starting early, maybe 4/4:30? I'm not going to be fast.

    August 5

    • Lilli

      [masked], or at the TH, but no service out there usually. Let me know if you don't know the trail, I'll wait.

      August 12

    • Tatiana

      Lilli thank you, I am sorry , have to cancel the hike ,please do not wait for me.

      1 · August 12

  • Andy N

    Anyone willing to carpool from Anchorage on the later side?

    August 11

    • Ari G.

      I would also like to carpool from anchorage, anyone looking to leave sometime between 5 and 5:30 and want to give me a ride?

      August 12

  • Abe

    My feet are still recovering. I'll be back next week. Sorry.

    August 11

  • Alison (Full Moon T.

    That is one sexy picture of the Eklutna valley - hard to pass up!

    1 · August 7

    • Lilli

      Maybe I can bring your water carrier!

      August 11

  • Matthew H H.

    Not sure if anyone is coming from Valley, but I can provide a ride. Still planning to move to ER or Anchorage..some day! :-)

    August 10

  • Tatiana

    I would love to do it earlier , around 4 pm

    August 7

  • Shaun E. S.


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