Heading up the hill at Alpenglow
Abby navigates the talus field
Tikko head downslope. The ridge in the background is where we're headed
Abby comes down off the cliff
The shepherds get some loving
Tikko looks and Emma shakes
Shepherds perform a security check
Fall colors on the high tundra
Tripping on teh tundra
Looking down at S. Fork Eagle River Valley
Military radar observatory view from the ridge
Getting a drink on the way up Rabbit Lakes Trail
Tessa ran all the way up that ridge on the other side for extra exercise
Tikko's ear are perfectly horizontal
Tikko and the B.M. (belgian Shepherd)
Abby's first tram ride. Tikko flat out refused to go on so we couldn't do the forest loop.
Starting out with Knik River in the background
We had planned to continue on the ridge to the right to make a loop. There is a lot of elevation gain/loss (steep too) and we started too late to beat sunset.
That high pointy peak in the background was our goal, then come back on teh opposite ridge and cut down to four mile creek. We cut it short and cut down the ridge about 3 miles from here.
A view of the entire loop. The pointy peak at the V of the valley was about 6500 feet. There is quite a bit of brush to navigate on the opposite ridge coming down... as we found out even though we bailed on the entire loop.
First climb up
This is one of the ups-downs I was talking about. One of five at least that we navigated before we realized it would take longer than we thought.
Side sloping to save on elevation gain/loss which wasn't super effective because it can actually be slower than taking the ridge...
Eating a milk bone snack
Fall tundra in the sun. Nice.
The peak that eluded us... today anyway.
Last of the flowers
The tundra was springy and the dogs had fun playing
Some of the bushwacking wasn't so fun. Willow thicket