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Re: Mountaineering in the Kenai Mountains

Postby Monster5 » Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:58 am

I remember hiking a few of the easier peaks near the Sterling highway as a little kid. It would be great to see more information on those peaks.

Have you seen this guy's blog? I came across it on the MCA website. Plenty of information, videos, and TRs:
http://www.akmountain.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=home.intro-region&regionid=145
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Re: Mountaineering in the Kenai Mountains

Postby Steve Gruhn » Wed Mar 23, 2011 6:52 pm

I've climbed several peaks in the Kenai Mountains. In general, they receive attention primarily from locals. Access for the peaks off the road system can require some expensive flights or water taxi trips. Consequently, most of the peaks that receive attention are near the road system. The Seward, Moose Pass, and Cooper Landing areas have received a fair amount of mountaineering attention.

I haven't climbed any of the peaks in or around Kachemak Bay State Park, but Iceworm Peak to the east is one that I would like to climb.
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Re: Mountaineering in the Kenai Mountains

Postby chugach mtn boy » Thu Mar 31, 2011 11:14 pm

Legpowered wrote: I was particularly curious about the mountains in and around Kachemak Bay State Park.


Poot Peak, the chocolate drop-shaped mountain you see across Kachemak Bay, is third class on its NE side and is a really nice little summit. The west face is also class three but is harder to get at from the trails--I've done it as a descent and it worked ok, but it would be a pain to climb that way.
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Re: Mountaineering in the Kenai Mountains

Postby chugach mtn boy » Fri Apr 01, 2011 9:37 pm

I just don't have any info on the glaciated ones, although I'm sure Mteering Club of Alaska does. A little west of K-Bay Park, down closer to Seldovia, where the mountains are a little drier, I've known someone who hiked the mountains above Red Mtn Road/Rocky River Road, and those looked to be gorgeous and pretty gentle judging by the pictures.

Don't let 'em scare you off Poot Peak, BTW--there's one spot that's mildly exposed with some irritating grit on the rock, but nothing a canyon scrambler like you would have trouble with.
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