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February March
Posted December 15th, 2012 - 12:55 pm by from Istanbul, Turkey (Permalink)
Hello everybody,

My plans for coming to Alaska is mid february to mid march. I would love to be as much as possible out in the nature. Which parks are the most accessible in these months? Which ones are the best hikes? Is it possible to find places to stay in these parks? Is it possible to camp?Are there any local hiking clubs ? What else can i do than hiking in these places?
If anyone is coming to istanbul untill then i would love to meet and show you around...
Thanks a lot

Posted February 16th, 2013 - 4:26 pm by from Anchorage, United States (Permalink)
hello charlie,
hopefully you find some good couchsurfers in anchorage and beyond to help you out.

There are good hikes but you need to be prepared for the cold and snow. Lots of areas will have deep snow or ice on the trails and it is a good idea to have a pair of these: http://www.rei.com/product/774966/kahtoola-microspikes-traction-system

You can get these and lots of other outdoor gear at the following stores, which are right by eachother:

Alaska Mountaineering and Hiking

REI - Anchorage

There is a mountaineering club of Alaska meeting on February 20th. You will meet lots of people who would be interested in going on hikes with you there.

Here is the website: www.mtnclubak.com

with info on the meeting this month (which is open to anyone):

Wed, February 20, 6:30pm – 9:00pm
BP Energy Center, 900 East Benson Blvd, Anchorage, AK 99508

Joe Stock, a local and full certified mountain guide, will present on "The Alaska Factor: Backcountry Skiing Southcentral Alaska." He will show photos and tell stories from skiing traverses, chutes, tours and powder in the the mountains around Anchorage.

Google map above is not very accurate. Here is a better map: http://www.akpeac.org/conference/BPEC_map_06-04-03.pdf

For hikes, research the following:

-Flat Top
-Powerline Pass
-Little O'Malley

Prospect Heights:
-Wolverine Peak

-Winner Creek Trail

-Nature Center trailhead

A good hiking resource is: http://www.alaskahikesearch.com/Hikes/FlatTop.htm

Good luck!