Cosmic Integration in the Chugach Mountains
The mountains above Anchorage, separated by Ship Creek and Indian Creek, are called the Chugach Front Range. These are the tippy western end of the Chugach Mountains. This small subrange has 35 named summits (Imus Geographics Chugach State Park map) and 12 that rise above 5,000 feet. Connecting these 12 highest summits in a single push is an attractive and lofty goal for Anchorage mountain runners. This Chugach Front Linkup has also become knows as Cosmic Integration. For young runners, who know the route, sub-20 hours should be possible.
While many Anchorage runners are physically capable of the Chugach Front Linkup, the real crux is piecing together a logical route. Finding a fast and safe line between these rugged and complicated summits takes years of research. Venturing on these endless research runs is a mountain runners dream. Ticking off the linkup is just the graduation party. To maximize our fun, let's keep route descriptions short. And please, no blow by blow maps!
19–21,000 vertical feet, 36-44 miles
1990 27:30 hours, Shawn Lyons, Walk About Guide to Alaska, Vol 2
2006 23:13 hours, Trond Jensen and Joe Stock, Trail Runner Jan 2007
2008 34 hours, Rob Develice and Charlie Thomas
2008 22:40 hours, JT Lindholm
2010 22:42 hours, Harlow Robinson
2012 29 hours, Abby and Stephen Rideout
2016 22:10 hours, Harlow Robinson and Matias Saari, Alaska Dispatch News.
2016 June 25, 27:22 hours, Aaron Thrasher
2016 July 9, 24:13 hours, Marlo Karjala
2017 July 22, 18:10 hours, Peter Mamrol and Lars Arneson, Alaska Dispatch News.
The Chugach Front 5,000-Foot Peaks
Mount Williwaw 5,445’
Temptation Peak 5,383’
Tanaina Peak 5,358’
The Ramp 5,240’
Tikishla Peak 5,230’
West Tanaina Peak 5,200’
O'Malley Peak 5,150'
Koktoya Peak 5,148’
Hidden Peak 5,105’
North Suicide Peak 5,065’
Avalanche Mountain 5,050'
Suicide Peak 5,005’
Regular snacking will keep your energy levels up. Once that's done, the Western Chugach 7,000-footers in a single push is a logical progression.