Hiking Bird Ridge.

Hike 12/52. Bird Ridge ain’t no joke. Especially in the winter. It is only 2.5 miles each way, but 3400 feet of elevation gain. Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 6.34.06 PM.png
4 dogs and 3 people made it damn near to the top.Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 6.34.34 PM.png

We went up, up, and up some more. Like a snowy stair stepper.Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 6.35.54 PM.png

The views seemed to just get better and better. Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 6.37.03 PM.png

We made it as close to the top as was safe and returned to the car.Screen Shot 2017-04-19 at 6.37.12 PM.png

Walking was a little tricky for the following few days.

Hike 4/52 Campbell Creek Trail

In barely preparing for the Mayor’s Half Marathon we run a little more than we normally do. This trail follows the creek and is absolutely beautiful. We saw a mother and baby moose that was tiny and looked like it had just came into this world. They had the priority so that slowed us down a little bit. We found this awesome bridge.Screen Shot 2016-06-28 at 2.37.30 PM.pngThere were people barbecuing in the park. The smell slowed us down a little bit. Running has become less about the overall speed and more about enjoying the new sights. Now I know that I am getting old!

Hike 2/52

I am counting my runs as hikes. They meet most of my made up criteria. A few friends, Amanda, and I went running at Campbell Tract. There are over 730 acres to play in. It is across the street from work. We ski the trails in the winter and run there in the summer. It is outstanding. Bears, moose, birds, and all of the other Alaskan wildlife can be seen here.Screen Shot 2016-05-31 at 12.47.10 AM.png

In fact, there is a part that is closed when the salmon are in the creek because of the high bear activity. We ran 8 miles and had a great time. We did not see any large mammals, but that is always okay with us. They probably see us and we get to see them when we are least expecting it.

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Hike 1/52 – Hidden Lake.

Starting off this hiking thing. Trying to nail 52 hikes in a year. There are so many hikes near us that I wanted to find a way to keep track of all of them. For Hidden Lake we started at the Glen Alps Trailhead. It was a Sunday and the parking lot had the most people we have ever seen. It was about half full. We left the parking lot at about 1 pm. There was a mixture of snow and mud for most of the trail along the powerline. It was also the busiest here. It was relatively uneventful. We have hiked and ran along the powerline trail a few times. It is the busiest hiking area close to Anchorage. Sometimes there are moose hanging out, but the sheer number of dogs and people usually makes them a bit skittish. About 2 miles into the hike, we veered left. Crossing over the south fork of Campbell Creek, we stopped for our first photo. Lando loved looking in the snow. Obi was off chasing birds.Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 10.32.10 PM.pngThe lower elevations did not have as much snow. The south facing slopes were pretty snow free. There are fantastic boardwalks on the popular trails that help mitigate damage to flora. It also helps keep us a little less muddy.

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As we increased in elevation, the snow became a bit more prevalent. Being Alaska, one we left the parking lot, there were no signs. I feel like every trail in the lower 48 has  at least a half dozen signs. Here, not so much. Maybe that is why this place is called Hidden Lake. There was worn in trail which made it easier to head the correct direction.

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This is a warm spring. There is no snow at our house, but this trail starts at about 2200′ above sea level. Once we got off the busy Powerline Trail, the ptarmigan were everywhere. The dogs loved it. Here is Obi pointing to a well hidden ptarmigan in a tree while Lando looks for something hidden in the snow. Can’t see Obi?Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 10.23.54 PM.pngLet me zoom in for you. Does this make it easier?Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 10.24.25 PM.pngEventually, there was lots of snow and the occasional postholing. Sometimes lots of postholing. The weather stayed nice and a sunburn at the end of the day was mildly surprising.Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 10.43.38 PM.pngAbout 4 1/2 miles in, we made it to Hidden Lake. It looks like it will remain hidden a little while longer. We ended at about 3700′ above sea level.Screen Shot 2016-04-26 at 10.44.32 PM.pngIt is an interesting time of year. Too much snow down low to ride bicycles on the trail, but not quite enough snow to make it worth dragging skis up to the top. It is also nice enough to hike without snowshoes and only deal with a bit of mud and wet ankles at the end of the day. We were lucky enough to see some mountain goats as we ate our lunch at the lake. This place is amazing. Until the next adventure!