Harp Mountain Hike/Snowshoe in Eagle River

  • November 17, 2012 · 10:00 AM
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What:

Hiked Harp Mountain in Eagle River.

When: Saturday, Nov 17 at 10 am!

It's going to be a hard and sweet (5hrs) hike.

2.5 Mile-Steep up hill from your car!!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

At about 5000' elevation, the summit is 2600' above the car parking area. 

Meet at Park and Ride in front of Anchorage Dump station in Eagle River at 10:00 AM, then we will carpool to the trailhead. Hike up Harp Mountain and back down and take in some great views of Hanging Valley and ER Valley. Hike should take about 4-5 hours to go up and down Harp Mountain from the trailhead.

Directions:

Park and Ride in front of the Anchorage dump station on Gleen HWY. Take the first ER exit from the Glenn (Eagle River Loop Rd/ Hiland rd) turn left as soon as enter the exit and go over the Glen Hwy overpass.

This trailhead is a little confusing to get to so I encourage carpooling.  It is NOT the South Fork Trailhead.....rather, go straight on Hilland instead of turning right. Continue straight until arriving at a V....bear left and abruptly uphill and continue until there is a "turnaround"......park WELL past the 'fire dept. warning signs"... 

What to Bring:

-rain pants, you may want to sliding 

-Ski/ trekking pole(s) recommended.

-- Ice grippers.

-- Ice axe optional.

-- Snowshoes & straps to tie on to your pack in case you don't need them.

-- Layers of non-cotton clothing; wind shell and wind pants.

-- Sunglasses, for wind and it can be a very Sunny.

 -- Warm hat & gloves or mittens; neck gaiter and/or balaclava, gaiters optional but recommended.

-- Water & snacks. 

DOGS: Yes

Contact Kyong[masked] if you have questions.

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  • A former member
    A former member

    Great hike! Sore legs today! Mike

    November 18, 2012

  • Mike M

    A great hike with great people and beautiful scenery!

    November 17, 2012

  • Donna

    Couldn't keep up with young blood, but followed their prints. Great hike.

    November 17, 2012

  • Kyong W

    Nice!!, It was a good hiking condition. Didn't see the bright Sun but NO WIND for the change. The ridge walking was fun and challenge. You guys were AWESOME:)) Thanks.

    November 17, 2012

  • Lilli

    Jan and I had a nice out and back hike up the Ptarmigan Valley for just under four hours. Cold but nice.

    November 17, 2012

  • Frank

    Great weather and hike!

    November 17, 2012

  • Kyong W

    Looking at the peak and the ridge from my house and looks ok to me.

    November 17, 2012

  • Stacy P.

    I have a change of plans so I will not be there. Have a great hike everyone!

    November 17, 2012

  • Janice K.

    I am going to hike with lilli to avoid windchill

    November 17, 2012

  • Lilli

    I'm going to stay off the ridges now because of expecting windchill. Instead I'm hiking up Ptarmigan Valley which is elevation gain protected from the wind. Call if you want to meet there,[masked]

    November 17, 2012

  • ShaneD

    Think I'll play it by ear and drive out to the trailhead. Depending on what the snow, and the wind speed/temp, looks like further up the ridge might just hike up the valley from the South Fork trailhead instead.

    http://www.cnfaic.org/advisories/current.php?id

    http://www.nws.noaa.gov/om/windchill/

    1 · November 16, 2012

  • Lilli

    I don't think there's going to be more than 3-4" of snow, and less in some places

    November 15, 2012

  • Mike M

    CARPOOLING UPDATE
    I will leave Carr's Muldoon (at Northern Lights) at 9:30am. We usually meet in the little cafe area. Please let me know if you will be there, otherwise I'll just leave from home if no one is carpooling. Let me know if you need to be picked up from another location and we'll work it out. If anyone needs my # you can text or call me at (231)[masked]

    November 15, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Do not have snowshoes, but believe I will be ok. There's just not much snow up there except for potential drifts. See you Saturday unless there is additional snowfall.

    November 15, 2012

  • Sean

    I read that someone is trying to block access there. They can't. There is a legal right of way and the trail at the end of the road stays within it. Someone might want to print these and bring them with them so they can educate any dumbass 'neighbor' who might try to stop you.
    https://lh4.googleusercontent.com/-bxtxsBp_-SY/UJSlkDMbxHI/AAAAAAAACxA/UKuMgXrValw/s700/HarpLegalAccess.jpg
    https://lh5.googleusercontent.com/-TUuNQBKWq54/UJVEIuYp0JI/AAAAAAAACxQ/Q55kt9sTqS4/s800/HarpLegalAccess2.jpg

    November 14, 2012

  • Lilli

    Oh yeah, but it shouldn't take that long...

    November 13, 2012

  • Kyong W

    Lilli, I would love to do that but I have to come back by 5 pm and get ready for the B-day party. I will have to see.....

    November 13, 2012

  • Lilli

    Yes, at Hiland

    November 13, 2012

  • Stacy P.

    I live in Eagle River but still not familiar with much beside the glenn. I have a mini cooper. Will I be able to meet someone at the exit for a ride in if I need it?

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone know how much snow is up there right now? I don't have any snowshoes but would like to go!

    November 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      'Kahtoolas' will be your your best choice.....that ridge is usually "wind-blown" & bare of any significant snow. That said, if your considering going with Lilli across to the Eagle River Overlook and back down by way of Hidden Valley, then I'd at least carry snowshoes. But no need for them to the summit of Harp & back. (Definite 'yes' on the ice-grippes though).....My '2 cents'...

      November 13, 2012

    • A former member
      A former member

      Thanks! My status is still "tentative" but if I go I'll bring my kahtoolas along and plan to do the shorter route (assuming others are doing it as well).

      November 13, 2012

  • Lilli

    Is there any interest in continuing on to the eagle river overlook, then descend into hanging valley and return via the trail at the base of Harp?

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    It's the 'easiest' 5,000ft. peak you'll ever climb! ;-)

    November 12, 2012

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