Eklutna Peak 3/24
Got in some after-work skiing today. A friend and I (and one of his former students) climbed Bear Mountain in Peter's Creek. From the ridge we walked further up, cresting two more peaks along the way before dropping into the bowl right before Eklutna Peak. (We topped out at close to 4,000') The decent was solid and icy. Still fun to be on skis, but not what most think of when they're thinking backcountry. In fact, once down you couldn't even see our tracks on the solid surface. My friend tweaked his knee pretty badly on a fall, so we ended up taking off our skis before the narrowing of the trail that leads down to the main Peter's Creek trail. Bad move. We then post-holed for a few hundred yards in waist-deep snow before finally finding a packed path down the mountain. All told it was still fun and plenty worth it, particularly since we were able to squeeze it in after work. We started from the trailhead at about 4:30, summited by 6:35, and were back to the truck just a little after 8:00. Not a bad way to end the day.
how was the trail up - could a person go in hiking boots and climb the trail to the top and back down the same way without endangering life and limbs
Yep - actually, we climbed in hiking boots and carried our skis on our backs. We usually ski up the mountain, but there are some snowless spots that prevented that. The trail to the top is packed down nicely. There are a few icy spots, but nothing too bad.