July 12 · 8:00 AM
Bright Peak (5875 ft)
Bleak Peak (5430 ft)
23 miles RT, 7300 feet elevation gain.
Located above Eklutna Lake, Bright & Bleak are 2 of the 120 true summits in the Chugach. Bagging these peaks will require backcountry skills, routefinding abilities, and comfort with scree & scrambling. This is NOT an easy hike, but neither is it technical. There isn't a trail leading you to the summits. Only people in great physical condition should participate.
We will carpool from Carrs Muldoon to Eklutna Lake, or meet at the lake. We'll bike about 5 miles on the Lakeside Trail to the Bold Ridge Overlook Trail, where we'll stash and lock our bikes. From there it's backcountry travel. Some scrambling and scree is involved, but most of the ridge traverse is over gradual terrain and on sheep trails.
According to Trond, "Bright peak was a pleasant surprise. I decided to climb the southwest ridge. This was a fun ridge with great views overlooking the tundra below. The ridge ended with a gully and exit crack leading to the summit ridge. I didn't know if the exit crack was passable until I was about 50 yards away. It turned out to be a fun little scramble."
If there's time, we'll attempt to get to a 3rd true summit, Yudikench Peak (5732 ft).
If you have questions beyond this description, please do your own research. These peaks are not written up in hiking guide books.