|View of the Knik River from a few thousand feet up the Pioneer Ridge Trail|
|We were entertained by the simplicity, and unhelpfulness, of the trail map|
|A few walkway systems helped avoid muddy sections of trail|
|Before I did this climb I didn't even realize there was a Knik Glacier|
|Most sections of trail were hard-packed dirt. |
Trees were quite leafed out at the bottom but not further up.
I would go back to this trail again if I was in the area, not necessarily with the expectation of making it all the way up. Aurora went an hour further than I did, and got two ridges further up than me to the serious snow that involved post-holing, which isn't fun. From her spot the knife edge of a ridge and the peak were visible, and it was clear why climbing equipment was necessary!