Arctic Valley Hiking Tour

Friday, June 18, 2021

5:30 PM to 8:30 PM (estimated end time)

June 18, 2021
5:30 PM - 8:30 PM

Meet 5:15 PM at:
Arctic Valley Ski Lodge Parking
Arctic Valley Road
Anchorage, AK 99503

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Nike Site Summit was an active part of America's first line of military defense from 1959 to 1979, during the Cold War era.   Now, Friends of Nike Site Summit (FONSS) volunteers are working with Joint Base Elmendorf-Richardson to restore Site Summit as a valuable community resource, part of the Arctic Valley experience, and as a tool to educate current and future generations about the contributions of Cold War veterans, particularly those who served at Site Summit.

Join FONSS volunteer guides who will escort you on this one-of-a-kind hike through Arctic Valley, describing the area's Cold War history. Tour participants will hike from the Arctic Valley Ski Lodge parking lot to the Saddle, a 2-mile round-trip hike with a change in elevation of about 850 feet.

Weather and trail conditions permitting, participants will have the option for an additional hike up to the summit of Mt. Gordon Lyon, directly overlooking Upper Site Summit. This extension will add an additional mile of hiking with about 650 feet of elevation gain to the hike.

Each participant is required to provide their own food and water (32 oz. of water minimum).

Registration is a non-tax-deductible donation to FONSS. Total registration is limited to 30 participants aged 13 and older only (no babies in carriers) and will close once that limit has been reached. 

Registrations must be completed by credit card on-line. If you prefer to register and then mail a check, please contact Friends of Nike Site Summit (FONSS) by e-mail at or by telephone at 907-929-9870 weekdays (leave message). Checks must be received by 6/11/21.  If a potential participant has contacted FONSS in advance to ensure space is available, same-day on-site registration is available on a cash-only basis.

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Registration     Price Quantity

Adult 18+     $25.00
Student age 13-17     $25.00

Safety of tour participants is the highest priority for both FONSS and JBER.  Tours of Nike Site Summit may be cancelled or postponed on short notice due to dangerous weather conditions and/or unanticipated military operations.  Should this occur, every attempt to reschedule the tour will be made.  If rescheduling is not possible, tour participants may request a full refund of their tour reservation, less any processing fees. 

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