Johnny Rocketship, Joe, Brian & yours truly followed the skin track up Kern Creek. We started at the Chugach National Forest sign pull out on the Seward Highway at Seward milepost 86, Anchorage milepost 41. It was an exploratory trip as none of us had ever been up Kern Creek. We ascended through the hemlock forest and into the fog.
Even though the trail starts nearly at sea level, there is a good snowpack. But, I have to admit that there was a little alder bashing. (Returned with spruce needles and alder seeds in my jacket, shirt, etc.)
The fog was worrisome as we entered unfamiliar country. We could not see above us, and the winter solstice was short.
We followed the route depicted by the solid blue line, the dashed line is a possible route. It'll have to wait for another day.