Gold Star Peak becomes pilgrimage for hundreds over past two years

And over the past two years, more than 400 have made the pilgrimage to 4,148-foot Gold Star Peak on 46 separate hikes.

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Bear Mountain transit is short, but rewarding

The trail up Bear Mountain from Peters Creek Valley was just below freezing and travel over the hardened ground was easy.

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Lost Lake in the Fall is an Alpine Paradise

Alpine Paradise: People have described the Lost Lake area as a “touch of heaven,” and it’s easy to understand why.

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A hiker’s search for weather windows

Rarely have I ever been able to beat Mother Nature at its weather game. But on September 17th, I came as close as I ever have.

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Good comradery makes rigorous hike enjoyable

I thought the smoky air might cause irritation, but it didn’t bother the group as we worked our way upward and past the April Bowl’s tarns.

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Ice to ice: Lunching in style at the Harding Ice Field

I’ve believe there are no words to describe the mind-blowing spectacle of the Exit Glacier ramping up to Harding Ice Field’s ocean of ice.

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Gradual trails offer an Rx for troublesome knees

I find low-angled trails that would still take me into the mountains. Here are some relatively easy trails for summer and fall hiking.

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Winter’s resurrection: What a difference five days make!

According to NWS records dating back 65 years for the Anchorage area, only 13 snowfalls greater than eight inches are recorded for April.

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Mining Ruins Tell Us a lot About Alaska’s Early Pioneers

If you’ve hiked in our state’s backcountry you’ve probably found the ruins; decaying artifacts from Alaska’s golden age of mining.

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Low water on Eagle River lends itself to gravel bar hiking

The sun was bright and the air warm April 14 of this year as we hiked the three miles from the Eagle River Nature to Echo Bend.

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