June 17, 2008 · 6:15 PM
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Moved the time to 15 minutes later to accomodate those who said 6 was too early ---- be there AT 6:15 so we can depart 10 minutes later. Meet at the Entrance to the Anchorage Dump. It is the Eagle River Loop Rd. - Hiland Road turn-off the Glenn Highway. Go off the Glenn, turn left to go over the overpass. Park outside the dump entrance. There is a little parking lot there to the left of the dump entrance. We will figure out a car arrangement then .... weather pemitting, some will drive up the South Fork of Eagle River and others will drive to Arctic Valley. We will then walk in opposite directions along the ridge top behind Arctic Valley Ski Area. Both groups will walk the ridge - for more elevation gain start on the South Fork end. For a little less elevation gain or if you only want to do a more simple up-and-back down walk (the 'wheezers' may want to do this - you know who you are, having named your sub-group), plan to go to the Arctic Valley end. It'll be more simple than I am making it sound. Plan on about 3 hours as usual. We want to be finished no later than about 10 PM for the possibility of the Arctic Valley gate being closed as the signs up there say it may be. I hike with ski poles on steep ones like this (trust me!!!). Dress in layers and bring wind shell, warm hat and light gloves. You never know what conditions might be like 1000' - 1500' above. Bring plenty of water and a light snack. Dogs are OK; I'll have Chili and Caesar. Like most of these Tuesday nighters, this one is OK for those who want to start up but not go all the way. The Knik Arm and South Fork ER views will be so fine that I recommend this hike to all, even those who do not want all the elevation gain or full ridge traverse. Come part way up: savor the mountains and good company. Even from the Arctic Valley walk-up views will be spectacular, so think "high" for the views. It has become an Adventurers MeetUp tradition to join up again after the hike at Pizza Man when we hike in Eagle River. Even if you miss the hike you can join us there about 10:30 or a bit after.