June 21, 2007 · 6:30 PM
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Harp Mountain is so appealing from so many vantage points - I cannot believe I have never been there. It'll be a long after work hike but we know we will not run out of daylight. Meet by 6:30 PM - leave parking lot at 6:45 PM. If you want to come on this hike please take off from work a little early if at all possible, if that is what is needed to get here by start time. Or, when you RSVP let us know if we should DEFINITIELY expect you and should wait a few extra minutes. We can plan to carpool from the ER Loop Rd - Hiland Rd intersection to the trailhead. This'll save a little on gas and prevent overflow at the trailhead parking. Bring food and water; clothes for warm and cool weather. I always hike with ski poles. We will approach this hike by going all the way to the end of Hiland Road. There is limited parking back there so I suggest we carpool from the Eagle River Loop Rd - Hiland Rd (traffic light intersection). Turn right onto Hiland Rd. Drive about 300 yards to a parking area on the right. Do not park in the large "lot". We'll meet at that gate and park along the side of the road on a very wide shoulder. Distance may be 3-4 miles round trip with 2500' elevation gain. Expect about 2 hours steady uphill for those who want to go to the ridgeline or the summit. If you want to go for only part of the hike to explore the South Fork of Eagle River / Hanging Valley you are welcome along for that, knowing that anyone headed for the peak will have to take off from any others in the group at some early point if we hope to summit and be back to the cars at a reasonable hour. This hike starts out STEEPLY up hill right out of the parking lot but it is worth it! For those who may want to come up to be South Fork/ Hanging Valley explorers -- this is a nice place for casual walk and / of for families; also good to scope out for blueberries in August - Sept. I say casual walk with the disclaimer that it is steep. If you drive up on your own, please respect the Fire Lane/ No Parking signs. Park down the road out of the fire lane area. After outings in the ER area a stop at Pizza Man, while not an obligation, is a time honored tradition.