Seward Glacier and Camping [June2014]

With just a 10- to 15-minute drive out of Seward, you can hike up close to Exit Glacier and experience the dense blue ice while listening to it crackle. Walk the lower trail (a gentle half mile) to get a good photo in front of the glacier face.

The upper trail provides an overlook, as if you’re standing right on the glacier. You can see the changes in vegetation with the gradual melting of the glacier, and note the signs pointing out the glacier’s reach in years past.

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The Trail Lakes are two lakes on the lower Kenai Peninsula, Alaska.[1][2] The lakes are near the town of Moose Pass and adjacent to the Seward Highway. They are noted for being the home of a large salmon hatchery owned by the state of Alaska and operated by the Cook Inlet Aquaculture Association.[3] The fish hatched at this facility are released into streams and lakes at various points on the peninsula, and are also the source of the salmon runs at the “fishing hole” on the Homer Spit.

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2008 Suzuki Grand Vitara 4” lift

Lifting the GV is a pain in the ass. I wish I had bought a truck but I wanted a project and damn did I get a project.
I wanted 32" 256/70/R17 tires on. They don’t fit on the GV even with a 2" lift. You need to do lots of custom work.
I needed 1.5" spacers to get the 11" tire width from rubbing the front strut lower spring seat.
The tires didn’t fit in the fender either so I had to widen the fenders.
All in all the work took several days and more $ than I care to share.
Click on the pictures for full size photo.
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Working the sizing issue. The fender must be formed wider. Basically you cut down plastic and don’t have to touch any steel.
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The profile of the tires is wider due to the spacer. The spacer reduces the chances of a roll BUT you must make sure the spacer is centered and maintained periodically. Spacers can become loose over time due to heating and cooling (brakes) so add it to your maintenance checklist. A lot of people don’t like spacers but when maintained properly you will have no issues. Just be aware of the cons.
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As you can see on the rear fender the space is very tight. This is okay since no forward movement will occur so the tire will never hit the sides. Just a very tight fit.
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Overall my lift total is just over 4" with the Rocky Road 2" lift and the 32.5" tires.
I’d love to get feedback!
A big shout out to Allen at Meyer Bros. Muffler City & Brake and Vince at Glacier Body shop both in Alaska, USA.

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Lake Louise and Old Man Creek

Lake Louise is located at 62°17′4″N 146°33′25″W (62.284498, -146.557029)[3]. Lake Louise is located between four mountain ranges: The Wrangell, Talkeetna, Chugach and Alaska Ranges.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 74.2 square miles (192 km2), of which, 47.9 square miles (124 km2) of it is land and 26.4 square miles (68 km2) of it (35.53%) is water. There are many small islands at the south end of the lake, most of which have homes built on them. There are also several private resorts and marinas, and a state recreation area with campgrounds and a boat launch.

The Lake Louise State Recreation Area has a large campground, boat launch, and picnic areas, as well as a trail leading to the hilltop where the Army’s original recreation area’s cabins still stand, although in a state of severe disrepair. Visitors can expect to see a wide variety of wildlife, including the only know freshwater nesting site for cormorants, located on Bird Island. In the fall the Nelchina caribou herd passes through this area. The fishing in the lake is considered excellent, with a variety of freshwater fish, including lake trout and burbot.[5]

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Resurrection pass – Hope AK – Black bear hunting

Resurrection pass starts in the valley with great views of the surrounding Kenai Mountains. There are 8 public use cabins that can be rented out for the night.
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Hatcher Pass – Bear hunting

Hatcher Pass (3886 ft./1148 m.) is a mountain pass through the southwest part of the Talkeetna Mountains, Alaska. It is named after Robert Hatcher, a prospector and miner. The nearest incorporated communities are Palmer and Wasilla, approximately 12 miles (19 km) to the south, and Willow, approximately 26 miles (42 km) to the west. The communities are at an elevation of approximately 250 feet (76 m) in the Mat-Su valley.

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We didn’t get anything that day, but it was completely worth it.

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