July 1, 2007 · 10:30 AM
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Posted for Gerry K. -Dayhike the Wedge- When: Sunday, July 1, 2007, 10:30 a.m. Where: Glen Alps Parking lot / Trailhead. Meet near the Flattop stairway Description: The ?Wedge? is the name of one of the mountains along Powerline Valley. It is located on your left as you approach the head of the Valley...or its on your right if you are taking the cutoff trail to Hidden Lake (as we will do). We start from the Glenn Alps entrance to Chugach Park. From the parking lot we head up the Powerline Valley on the Powerline trail. After a couple miles, we take a left turn at a posted trail fork and head toward Hidden Lake. We cross Campbell Creek (on either the permanent stepping stones, or wade across after changing into your stream-wading sandals or bare feet). The creek crossing is not difficult; flow is gentle. Then we head up the Hidden Lake Trail for a ways, but instead of climbing up to Hidden Lake, we bypass it and head up the broad valley to Ship Lake Pass which is a sort of saddle above a hanging valley that overlooks Ship Lake. From here we turn right and climb up to the summit of the Wedge. For those who don't want to climb the last 600 feet to the top, have a picnic at Ship Lake Pass and watch the rest of the Group climb. We return to the parking lot by the same route. Moderate fitness is desirable. Round Trip is about 12 miles. Elevation gain is around 2500 feet. Hike time is about 6-8 hours. High point is 4660 feet. Compared to the Wolverine peak hike, the Wedge is just over 200 feet higher than Wolverine, but the hike to the Wedge is much easier. It can get a bit windy in the Ship Lake Pass at times, so I recommend bringing the usual wind/rain shell with hood or cap. There is plenty of stream water along the route. No limit on number of hikers. Dogs OK. $5 State Parks parking fee.