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Ascent of Iron Nipple on 2016-09-15

Climber: L Helzer

Date:Thursday, September 15, 2016
Ascent Type:Successful Summit Attained
Peak:Iron Nipple
    Location:USA-Alaska
    Elevation:2365 ft / 720 m

Ascent Trip Report

We parked in a single spot at the 2nd switchback heading up Steeple Dr. (61.319914, -149.511037) There are 2 no trespassing signs, but those are for the north and south side of the single parking spot. From the single spot we headed up a small gravel path that looks like a driveway, but in reality it is part of Steeple Dr. according to the Municipality of Anchorage property website. http://muniorg.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Solutions/s2.html?appid=d98a480863e14e0eb61d6d7818c16e82 Check out the Muni site if you are worried. I believe there are other starting spots, but I'm not familiar with them.

After only 30 or so yards, just before the path turns north to private property there is a small trail heading off to the right to continue on public land. We took the muddy trail up that ultimately reached the ridge where we headed east along the ridge to a spectacular lookout over Eagle River. A small bench was positioned perfectly to take in a sunset and would make for an epic highschool makeout spot. We continued past the bench down to the base of a small saddle. At the base we took a left then a quick right up the crux portion of the route.

A thin rope led us up a steep muddy section lasting less than 30 yards. The rope wasn't needed on the way up, but was helpful on the way down to get past the very slippery mud. After the rope, it was an easy hike to the summit of the Iron Nipple. From the summit we took a quick trip down to check out the passive microwave repeater, then worked our way back up and out to the car. It was a great evening trip that at a leisurely trip took around 2 hours. I would highly recomend the trip around sunset for some spectacular views.
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    Route Conditions:
Unmaintained Trail
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