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Re: Twin Peaks at Lake Eklutna

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Twin Peaks at Lake Eklutna
October 29, 2012 12:29AM
For my probable last non-snow hike of the year I went with a group to Twin Peaks at Eklutna Lake just north of Anchorage and part of the Chugach Mountains. I don't know what the mileage was (10-12 miles?) but it was 4,000 ft. elevation gain with a very tough scramble (Class 3-4). A group with ropes turned back! There were only two spots where I somewhat uncomfortable but don't have clear pictures of those sections. One of them was a tough wall scaling with snow footholds and a ledge after the snow. On the approach there was a small section north facing that was snow covered and katoohlas were very helpful. The entire hike took 9 1/2 hours and we finished just before dark at 7:00 pm (days are getting shorter quickly--6 minutes a day). The pictures I do have make it look nastier than it was.

Full album is here: Full Album

Misty Early Morning Eklutna Lake:

Twin Peaks:

Frozen Creek Crossing:

Long Approach with dall sheep in the distance:

Dall Sheep---before we got too close we counted at least 30 dall sheep:

Decision Time, do we continue? Looking for a route:


Ledge Walking:

View from Near Top:

Is this still considered a Scramble?

More Ledge Walking Up:

Black & White:

Knik Glacier:

Summit Pic--and yes the small dog made it with very little help:
avatar Re: Twin Peaks at Lake Eklutna
October 29, 2012 04:21PM
Very cool. Thanks for posting.
avatar Re: Twin Peaks at Lake Eklutna
October 30, 2012 06:55AM
Ditto Za Guy.

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