55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska Guide Book

by Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe Jr. (The Mountaineers Books)
55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska  by Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe Jr.

253pp/photos/maps
ISBN: 0898867916

Since 1972, 55 Ways has been the most useful guidebook available for discovering Southcentral Alaska. The completely revised fifth edition seven all-new, comprehensive trips and 18 new side routes. Whether you are seeking a stroll along an iceberg-studded beach (the recently opened Shoup Bay Trail) or a four-day trek into Alaska’s high country (Kesugi Ridge), 55 Ways offers the ideal destination. Includes: more than 160 “ways” to explore the backcountry of Southcentral Alaska, from public-use cabins to tundra hikes; 20 trips on the Kenai Peninsula, 19 trips in Chugach State Park, and 16 trips in the Matanuska-Susitna Borough, Denali State Park, and the Copper River Basin; a new Trip Summary Table compares routes by location, length, level of difficulty, and ease for children; difficulty levels range from rambles to rugged, multi-day excursions.

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Trails from the "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska" Guide Book
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... Preview: This is the classic spring conditioning hike, snow-free earlier than many other places because of its southern exposure. The earliest spring flowers can be found here too. Take a picnic lunch, climb ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Hope, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 12
... Preview: The butte’s dry conditions, perhaps coupled with enough height to stand above a late glacial advance without being overtopped, give the butte unique vegetation for the area. Sage is most obvious. Ther ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Palmer, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: The hike to Bold Peak valley, good all summer, is an unsurpassed September outing when Bold Peak is topped with white, the alpine valley is carpeted in red, the lower hillsides are sheathed in gold, a ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Butte, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 17
... Preview: This wide gravel trail is a delightful walk for families with small children, for Aunt Minnie, and for spry great-grandfather. An easy hike with no climbing, the trip is exciting for those who have ne ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Whittier, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.6
... Preview: Caines Head, with an abandoned World War II army fort and exquisite bay views framed by coastal rainforest, offers a blend of historical curiosity and natural wonder. The area has great beaches, rock ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Seward, AK - Backpacking,Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 13
... Preview: Take a picnic lunch to a blue-green alpine lake at the base of precipitous peaks and spires. The short walk is just right for families with children, but don’t overlook this easy hike to Dogsled Pass ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Moose Creek, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 9
... Preview: Hidden in a cluster of mountains north of Kenai Lake and south of the Y where the Sterling and Seward Highways split is smile-shaped Crescent Lake. Trails lead to it from each of the highways. Both th ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Snug Harbor, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 18.5
... Preview: In the early 1900s, the trail over Crow Pass was part of the Iditarod winter sled trail through the mountains between Turnagain Arm and Knik Arm, en route from Seward to Knik, and thence to Interior g ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Anchorage, AK - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 26
... Preview: Dixie Pass is one of the few backcountry trips in the Wrangell Mountains that can be done without an airplane. It offers the chance for a close-up view of massive, glacier-covered, 14,163-foot Mount W ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Chitina, AK - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 21
... Preview: Follow the Twin Peaks Trail to tree line, and continue on a footpath through alpine tundra to East Twin Pass and a sudden, magnificent view over the Matanuska Valley to the Talkeetna Mountains. On the ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Butte, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: no city of Anchorage, and railroad construction was just beginning, but there was a Mount Marathon race. The runners in this mountain marathon start from the town center near sea level, climb to Race ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Seward, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 7.5
... Preview: Climb a narrow, stream-cut valley, unusual for the Chugach Mountains, from the seaside to an alpine lakeshore. Less well known than other valleys near Anchorage, the Falls Creek valley leads quickly t ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Hope, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.25
... Preview: Thanks to easy access, Flattop is probably the most frequently climbed peak in Alaska, and the trip to its broad summit has long been the classic afternoon hike near Anchorage. The view from the top e ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Anchorage, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
... Preview: Fuller Lake, a tempting jewel, lies at tree line surrounded by scattered hemlock, spruce, willow scrub, and grassy meadows. Lower Fuller Lake, smaller and nestled just below tree line, is a good desti ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Cooper Landing, AK - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 18
... Preview: Kachemak Bay State Park offers hikes for everyone—from families with infants to experienced backpackers—and even the easiest comes complete with a glacier lake, icebergs, towering peaks, and a spectac ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Halibut Cove, AK - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 13
... Preview: To enjoy an easy trail with intermittent views of the ocean, take this woodsy path to Gull Rock along the southwest side of Turnagain Arm. Watch for moose on land, beluga whales in the water, and bald ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Hope, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 10.2
... Preview: The Talkeetna Mountains, which invite endless wandering, are a fascinating wilderness of peaks, tundra, alpine valleys, and clear mountain streams, most of it far from civilization. The trip over Chit ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Sutton, AK - Backpacking,Hiking - Trail Length: 42
... Preview: Take a walk into history through Keystone Canyon, along the route used by seekers of gold more than 100 years ago. The Historic Valdez Trail climbs the mountainside above the south end of Keystone Can ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Valdez, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 8
... Preview: A delightfully different Alaska experience in summer or winter, a walk along the Homer beach takes you away from the bustle of the town. Kachemak Bay, with its mountain backdrop, is one of Alaska’s lo ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Homer, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 7
... Preview: Spectacular, though very steep for a while, the route to Hope Point offers impressive views of Turnagain Arm from a different angle than is usually available. The vista north across Turnagain Arm puts ... From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Hope, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 5