Saturday, March 22, 2014

March Hiking in Eagle River

Despite the fresh snow last weekend there is very little snow in the Chugach Mountains around Eagle River. The windward and south facing slopes are mostly snow free.  Today we headed up to the south fork of Eagle River valley and ended up hiking along Rendezvous Ridge.  With not a cloud in the sky the views were great and Denali was visible on the north horizon.  I never would have guessed I was going to be ridge hiking in a t-shirt today but I really can't complain.  Luckily the cross country skiing trails are still holding up and the back-country skiing is still good in Hatcher Pass.  I guess there is something for everyone in March.

Enjoying lunch and hot chocolate on the ridge

The snowiest portion of the hike

Molly climbing the snow free slope above the South Fork Valley

Great hiking and great views

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