May 8, 2007 · 6:00 PM
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This is an out and back hike so folks of any fitness level are welcome to join in. You will be able to walk as long as you want and double back to the cars when you choose. On the first Calf ?n Lung hike we had some people opt to turn back when they felt the time or energy need and we had others who decided to push farther than they previously thought they could go. And, from what I heard, everyone went home worked out and happy. Let?s get up on the slopes of McHugh Peak. For those who do not know, this is the large fairly flat looking mountain on the right edge of the Anchorage skyline. It is bounded by Rabbit Creek on its north side and McHugh Creek on the east, so it is a huge block rock and tundra loaded with fun hikes. Tuesday, May 8, meet at 6:00 PM at Stork Park, just off Rabbit Creek Rd. Drive up Rabbit Creek Rd to Clarks Road. As soon as you turn onto Clarks Rd (just past the fire station if you?re coming up Rabbit Creek Rd) there is a soccer park and parking lot on the right. Meet there. We will plan to leave this parking lot by 6:15. The road gets steep in a few spots but is easily negotiated by 2WD vehicles. Some people may want to carpool from Stork Park to the trailhead. The parking lot at the trailhead is small. If you?re a little late use this map to find your way to the top of Honey Bear Lane (zip code 99516, if you want to Google or Map Quest it yourself).
http://maps.google.co... We?ll park at the small official state parks lot at the end of the right hand branch of the road and take the marked trail from there. About 100 yards out of the parking lot, step through a brushy barrier to the right and what appears to be a less used trial. This will angle up to the right and after about 5-10 minutes; break out onto open slopes and a view to the nose of a ridge we will walk up. There is very little snow on this route even now (posted May 2) so I do not anticipate much on our route by hike time. Where we do encounter snow it may be hard packed from the winds that blast this peak in winter. This area lines up directly downwind of a feature called ?Windy Gap?. All this to say, I suggest on early season hikes always bringing one or two ski poles or an ice axe for safe snow crossings. Other gear to bring ? just the usual: good windproof layer, sturdy shoes or boots, water and a light snack. Dogs are welcome with their humans. As with most Anchorage skyline hikes anticipate spectacular views so bring a camera.