Ptarmigan Valley Trail

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Ptarmigan Valley Trail is a 3.1 mile out and back trail located near Chugiak, AK and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible from June until August.

3.1 miles 816 feet Out & Back


1 month ago

great trail with a good incline when you get to the look out point option to go to three different mtn ranges! great day hike!

1 year ago

This Is a great trail that starts in Chugiak. The trail map says it goes 6 miles back but this trail can connect all the way to Baldy or black tail which ever you prefer. The first mile of trail is up and down with steep to gradual inclines. Once you get a mile back you get into the valley flat and easy going another mile for this bit. Once you reach the large water crossing with a bridge you'll start climbing elevation slowly. You'll come to a flatter area when your up in the mountains if you look to the North (directly behind you) you'll see the valley and mountains, to your left (east) you'll see round top. Continue on the trail to baldy after that. I would recommend mapping out the last bit of the trail portions of the trail might be difficult to find.
We Hiked this one last night after work and it took us about 4 hrs to the top before you keep going on to baldy.

I led a hike here once a week for several months (September/October/November) with hike it baby anchorage (mommy/baby hiking group) and it is one of my favorites. Small hills through dense trees and high grass for the first .75miles then goes into a semi-deep fault line. After that it starts to ascend up for about 2 miles then it clears and there are beautiful views of the inlet. I've only made it 3 miles out on the trail but i plan on doing the whole trail this summer. If done at a good pace you could make it a workout if you wanted to. The solitude is the best part, in the trees it has a very peaceful feeling to it