|View of what would be the mountain the Ptarmigan Valley Trail heads up...if we could see it (taken from the softball fields across the road from the trailhead)|
|Brown State Park signs always catch my eye|
|I like how they put a moose and bear on this sign as a "trail user"|
|It seems like this trail is used most heavily in the winter as a snowmachine tail|
|Tad blurry, but you get the idea--a fairly nice trail, though it is not all graveled like this|
We climbed--right to the clouds, literally! When we realized we would have no view from the trail today, either up or down, we decided to turn back. At one point the clouds parted enough for us to see Cook Inlet or maybe a large river, but that was as much overview as we got. It was a very comfortable climb: the grade was moderate and neither Doug nor I got winded at all, and the hike back took almost as long as the hike up so it would seem that our speed was about the same both ways.
What I liked about this hike was that the trail was really quite nice. It was wide-ish as trails go with only a few boggy spots and not too much brush and branches hanging over the trail. There was no other traffic on it, though we did see some fresh horse prints so obviously at least someone else had been on the trail that day (I'm not a big horseback rider, but I could see enjoying this trail by horseback.). What was terrible was the mosquitoes. We reapplied bug spray 3 times in 45 minutes and still the bugs hit us like rain. My bare arms were a mass of bug carcasses by time we were done.
If I were up in Chugiak again with time to spare, I would definitely check out this trail again for a nice walk!