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Beyond the foothills at Anchorage's edge lies the third largest state park in America - a half-million acres of some of the most accessible hiking, skiing, camping, wildlife viewing, snowmachining, rafting, and climbing in Alaska. Those of us lucky enough to live here feel the influence of Chugach State Park almost daily.
Popular trail since its right in Eagle River, a lot of activities are done from this mountain, a lot of times during sunny days in the summer you will have paragliders flying around which make it a neat experience. Be careful when the ground is wet, this climb is especially slippery once you begin the steep section near the top half.
Took the Twin Peaks trail to the second bench. From there the trail starts up a steep section to a nice plateau where you are able to see Eklutna lake quite well if you want a easy stopping place for a snack. The trail to the peak starts up again from there at a easy incline but steadily gets steeper as you make it up the ridge. The summit is well worth it as you can see the backside of Pioneer Peak and the Mat-Su valley quite well. One of my favorites but it is a work out to get to the top, bring water since there really isn't any except the creek and well at the parking lot. But there is a small 'puddle' that's usually around all year about a quarter of a mile below the 2nd bench that will be good enough for your K9 if they came along.