PHOTOS: Walking in ‘termination dust’ above Arctic Valley and South Fork

Tuesday, September 24, 2019 - 14:14
  • The South Fork Eagle River Valley, at left, as seen from the ridgeline near Rendezvous Peak on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A sign marks the ski area boundary at Arctic Valley Ski Area on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Hikers ascend a ridgeline near Arctic Valley Ski Area on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star) Hikers ascend a ridgeline near Arctic Valley Ski Area on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A group of people play in the fresh snow at Arctic Valley Ski Area on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The ridgeline leading away from Rendezvous Peak on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • A chair lift at Arctic Valley Ski Area on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The South Fork Eagle River Valley on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • The trail leading to the top of Rendezvous Peak on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)
  • Hikers ascend a trail at the Arctic Valley Ski Area on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. (Matt Tunseth / Chugiak-Eagle River Star)

Snow fell in the mountains around Eagle River last week, bringing termination dust to mountainsides above 3,000 feet in the Chugach.

That includes the mountains above Arctic Valley and the South Fork Eagle River Valley, where hikers on Sunday ventured onto the high alpine tundra for late-season berry-picking and fall hiking.

The hike to Rendezvous Peak climbs about 1,500 feet in less than two miles. The trail starts to the left of the chairlift and climbs a valley between Rendezvous Peak and Mount Gordon Lyon. After reaching a saddle, climbers follow the trail around the backside of Rendezvous Peak, corkscrewing back to the frontside of the mountain for the final ascent.

The wintertime ski area and summertime hiking destination offers easy access to Rendezvous Peak, Mount Gordon Lyon and the ridgeline dividing the South Fork Eagle River Valley from the Ship Creek/Actic Valley area.

Located on military land, access to Arctic Valley is at the end of Arctic Valley Road. The nonprofit ski area will hold its annual fundraising auction on Oct. 5. For more information or tickets, visit arcticvalley.org.

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