Heart 'n Lunger Hike
The Heart 'n Lunger hikes will be every Tuesday evening May - September. We have done them every year since 2007. H 'n L hikes, by our definition, gain at least 1500' of elevation. Many of them will offer 2x that elevation gain for the uber-fit among us. At the other end of the fitness spectrum, the less fit in the group have good naturedly dubbed their sub-group the 'Gaspers 'n Wheezers'. Everyone is welcome on many of these hikes since most often they are 'out and back-- there is no getting lost or getting left behind like that.
Join us for the last Heart 'n Lunger of the year.
Harp Mt is about 5000 ft, the summit is 2600' above the parking area. It is steep from the parking lot and less than 2 miles to the top. Prepare to walk and/or crawl to the top. If the wind is blowing it can be very strong up there.
This may turn into our first "moonlight hike" of the winter. Sunset is 7:48 and the moon will be nearly full.
Meet a little before 6 PM at the Park and Ride in front of the Anchorage dump station on Glenn Hwy. We'll start carpooling by 6pm. Otherwise, meet at the trail-head at 6:15 and be ready to start hiking soon thereafter.
The carpooling location: Take the first exit from the Glenn after the weigh station (Eagle River Loop Rd/ Hiland Rd), turn left directly off the exit and go over the Glen Hwy overpass. Parking lot is on the left just outside the dump entrance.
The trailhead: This trailhead is a little confusing to get to so I encourage carpooling. It is NOT the South Fork trail-head. Continue straight all the way up Hiland Rd, past the turn to South Fork, until arriving at a fork in the road. Stay left and continue uphill until the road ends and there is a "turnaround". Park well past the 'fire dept/no parking/warning' signs.
What to Bring:
-- Ski/trekking poles (helpful on the steep and/or muddy sections).
-- Layers of non-cotton clothing; wind shell and wind pants.
-- Warm hat & gloves, and gaiters optional but recommended, may have snow.
-- Water & snacks.
-- Be prepared for winter and darkness (bring a flashlight), it's that time of year.