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Ascent of Skilak Lookout on 2014-09-06

Climber: Richard Hensley

Others in Party:Chad C.
----Only Party on Mountain
Date:Saturday, September 6, 2014
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
    Motorized Transport to Trailhead:Car
Peak:Skilak Lookout
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:1480 ft / 451 m

Ascent Trip Report

My introduction to hiking in Alaska. The second day (I think) after some rainy weather. Trail was a little muddy and slick in a few places. There were some boards across the wettest sections, but I don't think a rainy day would be nice. The trail crosses an area that burned in 1996. There are few trees around, but the shrub and grass growth is thick. Most of the trail is clear, but there's enough growth in areas to get your pants soaked if it's wet. But I think this is typical of trails around here. Mostly level as it weaved around the side of the mountain, then finally a gradual 700 ft rise to reach a small summit. Didn't see any evidence of it ever having an actual lookout structure on top. It did provide a nice view of Skilak Lake and the surrounding mountains. Scattered low cumulus blocked views of the volcanoes across the inlet. A nice little afternoon hike.
Summary Total Data
    Total Elevation Gain:1005 ft / 305 m
    Total Elevation Loss:1005 ft / 305 m
    Round-Trip Distance:4.3 mi / 6.9 km
    Route Conditions:
Maintained Trail
    Weather:Cool, Calm, Partly Cloudy
Ascent Statistics
    Gain on way in:895 ft / 272 m
        Gain Breakdown:Net: 785 ft / 240 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Loss on way in:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:2.1 mi / 3.4 km
    Route:Skilak Lookout Tr
    Start Trailhead:Skilak Lookout TH  695 ft / 211 m
    Time:56 Minutes
Descent Statistics
    Loss on way out:895 ft / 272 m
        Loss Breakdown:Net: 785 ft / 240 m; Extra: 110 ft / 33m
    Gain on way out:110 ft / 33 m
    Distance:2.2 mi / 3.5 km
    Route:Skilak Lookout Tr
    End Trailhead:Skilak Lookout TH  695 ft / 211 m
    Time:50 Minutes
GPS Data for Ascent/Trip


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