On August 27th Yvonne and I drove south down to Bird Ridge where we began heading up the trail at noon with Ranger in tow. We made quick progress although our legs were quite stiff after having taken so much time off from hiking due to the almost constant rain Anchorage had experienced since late July.
At 1:30 we reached the top of the Bird Ridge trail and began to traverse the ridge that heads east towards Bird Ridge Overlook (4,600'), the peak that sits at the end of the ridge.
The hike is a total of 12 miles round trip; 3 miles to the top of Bird Ridge and then another 3 miles to Bird Ridge Overlook. After ascending Bird Ridge, we dropped down about 300 feet and then began a long rising and falling traverse to Bird Ridge Overlook. Hiking was easy and straightforward with an excellent well traveled sheep trail just below the ridge crest that kept us on more or less a level plain as we traversed the ridges.
The tundra had began to change to a brilliant red and in the distance we could see fresh snow. Along the way we saw a flock of Ptarmigan that blended into the changing tundra perfectly. Clouds rolled in from the south and gathered on the south side of the ridge but never rolled over and the sun kept shining.
We reached the top of Bird Ridge Overlook at 3:40 and sat around admiring the views. Finally we began the hike out and 3 hours later we were back at the car!
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