The Pioneer Peak Ridge trail has been on my list of trails to walk in the Mat-Su Valley. It rises 5,000 + feet from the valley floor, in about 5 miles. Just outside of Palmer, Pioneer peak has long been one of my day-dream mountains. A Panorama of it is slapped across my living room wall. On this day the winds ripped at us from the south-east as we emerged above tree-line. We wandered along the ridge towards the south summit for another mile or so after the summit of the ridge trail. After some gawking in the frigid air we turned for the decent. Punishingly down.