Final 2012 Heart 'n Lunger Hike - Harp Mt. (Eagle River)

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.

Directions:

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.

DOGS: OK

Contact: Sean[masked]

 

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  • A former member
    A former member

    The hike was great, in a beautiful surroundings, but the weather wasn't good, too windy, we didn't reach the top.

    October 2, 2012

  • Abe

    What a great HnL year! Thanks Sean and Kyong, these hikes were amazing and got me into better shape. I look forward to the 2013 season.

    September 26, 2012

  • Greg L.

    Great company!

    September 26, 2012

  • Laurie L.

    Mother Nature could have cooperated! Still, it was good to get out, get some fresh air and see friends! Thank you, Sean.

    September 26, 2012

  • Sean

    Wind on the upper ridge was a bit more than I was in the mood to deal with, but it was still a good hike and a fitting finale for our fickle summer's weather.

    September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Staci: The goal was to get rid of a few of those pounds, but I do agree they did help. Guess this trip I got the prize.

    September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://youtu.be/kYDX3_Iz-cQ a video at the top. Not as windy.

    September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    http://youtu.be/SUujPbp5tgo a video I took of the wind

    September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Was a brutal, but fun hike. Slippery at the bottom and windy at the top. 6:10 car, 7:37 top, 8:30 bottom. Thanks for offering the hike.

    September 25, 2012

    • Staci G.

      Glad you made it to the top! Wish I had those extra pounds to keep me grounded. Were you the solo summiter?

      September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Is it tricky to get to the trailhead from the freeway? There's directions to the carpool spot but what about freeway to trailhead?

    September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Will be at the trailhead

    September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Yes, thats the one!

    September 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Ok, see you there at 5:45.

      September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Let's meet at the kaladis downtown, I'll be wearing a white hat at 5:45

    September 25, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Do you mean Kaladi Brother's Coffee in the 6th Ave?

      September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Alexis, if you don't mind a dog in the back seat in you're welcome to ride with me. I'll be going right through downtown anyway.

    September 24, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks, Gavin! No problem with the dog. Please, tell me an easy place in the downtown where we can meet, and the time. I'll wear red clothes, so you'll recognize me easily.

      September 25, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I'd like to come to this hike, but I don't have a car or a bike to reach the meeting point (Hiland road parking lot). Could anyone ride me by car from somewhere in the downtown (an easy place) to the meeting point?

    September 24, 2012

  • Sean

    Yes.
    I modified the description a bit to emphasize this.

    September 21, 2012

  • Aze

    Do you mean 6:00 pm? It would be dark by 9:00 pm.

    September 19, 2012

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