Hiking in South Central Alaska

In the spring of 2004 I moved back to live in Alaska for what ended up being about a year. My year in Anchorage allowed me to hike just a fraction of the interesting trails in South Central Alaska. Each hike has stories to tell, be it of physical exhaustion, wildlife encounters, the company of friends, or simply reflective solitude. What keeps us coming back to this wilderness time and time again? Perhaps the reflective glimpses of our own souls in this wild and beautiful land.

This web hiking chronical is dedicated to those familiar with hiking in the Chugach Mountains and South Central Alaska. It is not a guide, just my personal interpretation. There's already quite a few thorough and respectable guide books and sources in print for attempting all of these hikes. The South Central area of Alaska is certainly the most popular region for hiking, because of the proximity to Anchorage.

Show sample images on this page for each hike.


2004 Hiking Season


O'malley Peak - June 11, 2004
Rabbit Lake - June 18, 2004
Independence Mine - June 20, 2004
Crescent Lake - June 30, 2004
Crow Pass Traverse - Day 1 - July 08, 2004
Crow Pass Traverse - Day 2 - July 09, 2004
Turnagain Trail - August 06, 2004
North Suicide Peak - August 07, 2004
Rendezvous Peak - September 14, 2004
Hanging Valley & Eagle River Overlook - September 17, 2004
Portage Pass - September 23, 2004
Winner Creek - September 24, 2004
Falls Creek - October 04, 2004
Byron Glacier Trail - October 07, 2004


2005 Hiking Season


Bird Ridge - May 03, 2005
Eklutna Lake Overlook - May 06, 2005
Mount Gordon Lyon - May 11, 2005
McHugh Ridge - June 02, 2005
McHugh Peak - June 03, 2005
Wedge, Ramp, and Hidden Lake - June 05, 2005
Pepper Peak - June 07, 2005
Powerline Pass - June 09, 2005
Hope Point - June 11, 2005


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