Trip Leaders: Local EERI Convention Volunteers

Date: Monday, July 21, 2014

Time: Depart Anchorage Hilton Lobby at 8:00 am and return at approximately 3:00 pm. 

This tour is full. 

For self-guided tour information, click here.

portage lake

Portage Lake with Bard Peak, with Shakespeare and Burns Glaciers to the left and right. (photo by Eric Cannon)

Join us on this pre-conference field trip along Turnagain Arm, a glacial fjord located between the Chugach and Kenai Mountains. We will begin the trip in Anchorage and discuss the impacts of the 1964 M9.2 Great Alaska Earthquake before heading east on the Seward Highway past incredible views of the mountains and Cook Inlet. Traveling through Girdwood and Portage, we will see impacts of the 1964 earthquake that are still visible today. At the United States Forest Service Begich, Boggs Visitor Center at Portage Valley, visit the many displays, listen to an interpretative program, and marvel at the spectacular view of the glaciers and mountains that rim Portage Lake. Time permitting, we will stop at Potter Marsh, part of the Anchorage Coastal Wildlife Refuge, to view numerous birds and other wildlife. This field trip will combine technical topics with Alaska natural and cultural history, making this trip perfect for conference participants and guests alike. Bring comfortable walking shoes, a light windproof/waterproof jacket, and binoculars and camera for the views. 

Cost: $95 per person. Includes transportation, box lunch, entrance fees, and handout.