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Gems in Southcentral Alaska - 4

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gem Favorite Harding Ice Field, Seward, Alaska.

Harding Icefield Overlook

(15) Bear Creek, AK
gem Favorite Root Glacier access taken in 2014.  Mt. Blackburn is the snow-capped mountain.

Root Glacier

(2) Kennecott , AK
gem Favorite Bonanza Mine ruins

Bonanza Mine

(1) Kennecott , AK
gem Favorite Like a sick person's tongue!

Toe of the Glacier

(1) Bear Creek, AK

Recommended Routes in Southcentral Alaska - 54

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Favorite Exit Glacier from Harding Ice Field Trail
Difficult

Harding Icefield Out and Back

8.3 mi 13.4 km 3,073' Up 936.77 m Up 3,074' Down 936.88 m Down

Bear Creek, AK
Favorite Fall Tundra in Chugach State Park.
Difficult

Crow Pass / Eagle River Trail - Iditarod National Historic Trail

23.0 mi 37.1 km 3,013' Up 918.26 m Up 4,036' Down 1230.09 m Down

Girdwood, AK
Favorite South summit view looking east with new flag in place
Very Difficult

South Pioneer Peak Hike

14.2 mi 22.9 km 7,207' Up 2196.7 m Up 7,207' Down 2196.57 m Down

Butte, AK
Favorite Cook Inlet, Alaska
Difficult

Flattop Mountain

3.0 mi 4.8 km 1,244' Up 379.13 m Up 1,244' Down 379.13 m Down

Anchorage, AK
Favorite Wolverine Peak Trail, with Mt. Redoubt volcano on the horizon.
Difficult

Wolverine Peak

9.7 mi 15.7 km 3,542' Up 1079.53 m Up 3,542' Down 1079.49 m Down

Elmendo…, AK
Favorite A glimpse of Prince Edward Sound at Portage Pass.
Intermediate/Difficult

Portage Pass Trail

4.4 mi 7.2 km 934' Up 284.68 m Up 933' Down 284.33 m Down

Girdwood, AK
Favorite View of the Cook Inlet from the top of Penguin Peak
Very Difficult

Penguin Ridge Traverse

16.2 mi 26.0 km 7,876' Up 2400.55 m Up 7,848' Down 2391.92 m Down

Girdwood, AK
Favorite View from Peak 2 looking southeast. Powerline Pass is just below the sun and Ptarmigan Peak is the first peak to the right of the sun.
Difficult

Flatttop to Ptarmigan Loop

9.4 mi 15.1 km 4,135' Up 1260.28 m Up 4,097' Down 1248.69 m Down

Elmendo…, AK
Favorite View of Eklutna Lake and Bold Peak from the Pepper Peak trail.
Difficult

Eklutna High Ridge Traverse

25.7 mi 41.4 km 9,750' Up 2971.79 m Up 9,752' Down 2972.52 m Down

Butte, AK

Southcentral Alaska Running

  • 1,104 Miles 1,777 Kilometers of Trail
  • 54 Recommended Routes
  • 4 Gems Gems
  • 73 Easy Trails Easy Trails
  • 120 Intermediate Trails Intermediate Trails
  • 92 Difficult Trails Difficult Trails
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Trails in Southcentral Alaska - 231

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2.5 mi 4.0 km #1Bird Ridge Trail
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
2.9 mi 4.7 km #2Mt. Alice Ridge Trial
Difficult
Seward, AK
Difficult
Seward, AK
6.6 mi 10.7 km #3Lost Lake Summer Trail
Intermediate
Bear Creek, AK
Intermediate
Bear Creek, AK
30.0 mi 48.2 km #4Kesugi Ridge Trail
Difficult
Y, AK
Difficult
Y, AK
2.2 mi 3.5 km #5Root Glacier Trail
Intermediate
Kennecott, AK
Intermediate
Kennecott, AK
1.9 mi 3.0 km #6Slaughters Ridge Trail #344
Difficult
Sterling, AK
Difficult
Sterling, AK
2.0 mi 3.3 km #7Indianhouse Ridge Trail
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
Difficult
Girdwood, AK
2.9 mi 4.6 km #8McHugh Peak Trail North
Intermediate/Difficult
Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
Intermediate/Difficult
Elmendorf Air Force Base, AK
3.7 mi 6.0 km #9Flattop - Ptarmigan Route
Difficult
Anchorage, AK
Difficult
Anchorage, AK
5.5 mi 8.9 km #10South Raina Peak Trail
Intermediate/Difficult
Eagle River, AK
Intermediate/Difficult
Eagle River, AK

Photos of Southcentral Alaska - 370

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Northwestern Glacier
Sep 27, 2017 near Seward, AK
Tucker Mountain summit looking west at the ridgeline
Apr 30, 2018 near Eagle R…, AK
Summit view looking north toward Knik Arm and Denali.
Feb 15, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK
Harding Ice Field, Seward, Alaska.
Jul 20, 2016 near Bear Creek, AK
The Shores of Kenai Fjords
Apr 2, 2020 near Seward, AK
A view of Lake George and Colony Glacier while on top of the moraine.
Jul 6, 2018 near Butte, AK
Knoya summit view looking east northeast toward Temptation Peak (and a malamute)
Apr 30, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK
Summit view
Jun 4, 2021 near Sterling, AK