Review in 3 sentences: Three great trails branch off of the main Hiland trail into different side trips. Hanging Valley, Symphony Tarns, and Flute Glacier all offer some great hiking. Hiland Valley isn’t just a trail but rather an epic network of great hikes. SAFETY-A note and disclaimer about safety:Continue Reading

Gray silty water brushed swiftly up against the bank. Its force spun a fish wheel into motion dropping water and the occasional salmon into a wooden box. One step into the fast-flowing waters of the mighty Copper River would likely have marked the end of Mr J’s river finding days.Continue Reading

Review in 3 sentences: Ship Pass might just be the most amazing trail close to Anchorage that few seem to know exists. Check out a couple of mountain lakes or push upwards for panoramic scenes of wonder. Excellent half day hike at the edge of Anchorage yet thoroughly in theContinue Reading

Review in 3 sentences: This Hiland trail provides a fairly level and mostly treeless trek. Mountain views on all sides with especially rocky wonders at the back of the valley. Good clear destination to two very different lakes that act as gateways to two great backcountry valleys and extended options. Continue Reading

The stillness of grandeur filled the air. A glassy bay reflected the soaring faces of both peaks and ice. Meanwhile, chunks of ice in a multitude of shapes, sizes, and even colors dotted the placid waters like stars strewn about the sky. Visual evidence of large recent avalanche activity snakedContinue Reading