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Bird to Pioneer
I am a huge fan of far-off trips to amazing, new, and exciting places, but man is it great to find amazing, new, and exciting places in the backyard! Thursday evening, a friend on her way home to Girdwood after work dropped John Wros, Jeremy Wood, and me off at the Bird Valley Trailhead for a traverse of the Chugach State Park. Almost all of the terrain we covered was new to me, which was such a treat. Generally speaking, we went: Bird Creek – Bird Pass – Grizzly Bear Lake – Camp Creek – Eagle River – Dishwater Creek – Bombardment Pass – Eklutna Lake – Yudikench – Pioneer. Lots of tundra walking, some river crossing, a bit of thwacking, and a whole bunch of sunshine. Oh! And another friend — Dave Bass — joined along the way. Wohoo!
It was so beautiful out there, and I’m so psyched to have shared it with three super fun people. Thanks guys for the great trip!
For reference, here are some write-ups and videos from others who have done similar traverses (both slightly different than ours) and that provided much of the inspiration for this one.