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    Has anyone hiked the Winner Creek trail more than a few miles up from the hotel? I have some questions I'd like to ask if there's anyone that can help me out. Thanks!

    -Brian

  • #2
    I've hiked it up to near the headwaters and down past the gorge. Not sure if that helps or not.

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    • #3
      I've hiked from the hotel to the road. It's real nice, but it was even better before they started developing the trail. Any questions in particular?

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      • #4
        Corn - My question was concerning the portion of the trail that heads up towards the pass that connects with the 20-Mile River valley.

        -Brian

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        • #5
          Yea, I realized that was what you were probably asking about as soon an I hit the "Submit" button. I haven't been up there personally, but I have friends that have been to the top of the ridge overlooking 20 mile. They're pretty hard core, but it doesn't sound bad. I'm actually formulating a plan to head up that way before too long to check the situation out.

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          • #6
            Actually, that's exactly what I was wondering about. I want to know if the trail breaks out of the brush, or if you'd have to bushwhack a lot to reach the ridge short of hiking all the way to the pass. I guess i'll just have to scout it out one of these days.

            -Brian

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            • #7
              If you look at Imus' map of Chugach State park, I think where you want to go is Berry Pass. There is a FS trail all the way. It took me about 2 hours to hike from the Alyeska Prince through the flats another hour or hour and a half to reach the pass from there. Views on top spectacular on a clear day. Lots of hiking and climbing out of the pass as well. I hope this helps.

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              • #8
                Thank you very much! I'm assuming that it's pretty easy to climb up on the ridges from the pass? I've flown over the area a year ago and figured it would be doable, but I haven't been able to scout it on foot yet. Any other info you could give me would be much appreciated.

                -Brian

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                • #9
                  Yes, folks have climbed A1, Mystery, Nagoon and Longspur.

                  here's a picture of Kelly's Knob and Longspur. Kelly's knob in the foreground is pretty indicative of the terrain you are in at the pass.

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                  • #10
                    Thanks again. I'll definitely check it out - hopefully within the next week or two. I'd love to find some goats on the 20-mile side of that drainage, but I'd be happy with just a great climb.

                    -Brian

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                    • #11
                      Aren't you into NFS lands (and wide open HUNTING!) when you get over that pass behind the hotel? Could be a nice back door into some good grounds.

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