McManus Mountain

By Eric Troyer

Trip Location: Steese National Conservation Area, Steese Highway

Access: Pinnell Mountain Trail, Twelvemile Summit (milepost 85.5, Steese Highway)

Trip Date: Friday, July 3, 2015

Trail or route conditions, wildlife sightings and any highlights from the trip:  A little less smoke than in the Fairbanks area, which was nice. Too hazy for long views, though. Quiet hike. Songbirds and a pika. This hike is not well known, but it is described in the book Outside in the Interior. It’s a nice little dayhike, about 6 miles round trip. Follow the Pinnell Mountain Trail about a half-mile from Twelvemile Summit then head to the dome to your left (west). Climb over that dome, across a saddle, then climb the next peak. That’s McManus (though not its official name).

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Pinnell Mountain Trail – 7/4/2015

By Eric Troyer

Trip Location: Steese National Conservation Area, Steese Highway

Access: Two trailheads on the Steese Highway: Twelvemile Summit (milepost 85.5) and Eagle Summit (milepost 107).

Trip Date: Saturday, July 4

Trail or route conditions, wildlife sightings and any highlights from the trip:  A little less smoke than in the Fairbanks area, which was nice. Too hazy for long views, though. Lots of songbirds as well as golden plovers and surfbirds. Also a few marmots. Many wildflowers. Trail is in pretty good shape, though the boardwalk on the Twelvemile Summit side could use some work. It’s still good enough to keep your feet dry. Shelters are in good shape and their cisterns are full. Small pools of water in other areas. Bugs got bad as the day warmed. Consider bringing a head net. I had a breeze much of the time, but often it was a slight one at my back. Just enough to keep the gnats swarming right in front of my face. But when the wind got stronger or changed direction, things got much nicer.

Tip: If you don’t have a car shuttle and you’re planning to hitch, remember that the Steese doesn’t get a lot of traffic. Plan to hitch at high traffic times. I did a bike shuttle in the wee morning hours and didn’t see a vehicle for more than 2 hours.

For more information see: BLM’s Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail

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FAHC Has a New Web Site!

Welcome to the brand new Web site of the Fairbanks Area Hiking Club! We’ve limped along with the old site now for probably 15 years, so we’re long overdue for a makeover. We’ve migrated most of the old content from the old site that was worth migrating, and will look now to add lots new content.

In particular, we’d like to build up hiking resources in three forms:

  • Trails in Interior and northern Alaska, and perhaps beyond, that are the must-hike, classic trails of our marvelous state, or great for a day hike out of town
  • Trip reports about both club and non-club hikes full of stories and pictures
  • Books and Web resources that we rely on and can’t hike–or plan a hike–without

Together, we can make this a resource worth returning to.

And if you have Web or computer skills, we’d love your help! The site is built on WordPress, so it’s easy to create content and customize how the site works. Please contact the Web master, Don Kiely.

See you on the trail!

Send Us Trip Reports!

One of the things that i’d like to do with the new FAHC Web site is to start accumulating trip reports. Ideally, these would be more than a paragraph or two and include a few photos. Over time I’ll add some of the older ones from the old site, particularly for trails that are frequently used, to build up some nice documentation about trails.

So send in trip reports! Best is to email them to me at donkiely@computer.org. Alternatively, if you’re at least slightly tech-savvy, I can set an account for you to submit them directly. It isn’t hard; if you can use a Word processor, you can do this.

Thanks!