Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Chugach State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Great trail for the whole family. Very scenic and long enough to feel like you've gotten in a good amount of activity. Take a small snack to chow while enjoying the lake before turning back toward the trailhead. Can be a bit windy at the lake so bring sleeves if you plan to take in the scenery. On the right day you will see sheep toward the lake. Moose are often nearby. We love this trail!

Started at Alyeska side. Still too early in the season...had to turn around at the pass due to all the snow. Perhaps with snow shoes, but it was too soft to support my pack and weight and I kept falling through. Snow patches leading up to the pass were compact and walkable, but made the trail difficult to find at times.

Still a lot of snow. Path was difficult to find at times, but was able to make it to the hut and back. The pass is a snow field and probably won't be passable for another month without snow shoes.

It was a good hike, although lake was still frozen.

Went yesterday. Steady uphill incline for first half then flattens out till the lake. Still snow along Trail but packed pretty well to walk across. Lots of water/ mud along trail so be ready to get wet and dirty. Lake still frozen but a beautiful view regardless.

hiking
8 days ago

Beautiful day. Not too hot. The trail follows the twin peaks trail but once you get to the second bench is where the trail starts to get to the peak. It was a challenge since we had 50lb packs on for training. We also did some impromptu self rescue training since there was still a pretty good snow patch off to the side of the trail about 4900 elevation. And at around that elevation we dropped our packs and headed up to the peak. There was some scrambling to get there but not bad at all.

hiking
8 days ago

There is no trail called pepper peak. It looks like it was an old trail but according to the trail map this hike does not exist.

Beautiful day!! Lake still frozen . Easy hike

05.31.18 Still snow on the main trail, so we chose to climb the hill along side the trail and check out Ptarmigan Pass. Lots of traversing and side-hilling to make it to 3300 ft. Incredible views of town and the inlet. We even saw Redoubt.

Had to turn around at mile 1 due to snow and our unpreparedness to hike in those conditions. The trail offered beautiful views and we saw many mountain goats in the distance. We were the only ones on the trail which made it so peaceful. Wish we could have hiked the whole thing because the pictures look beautiful.

backpacking
24 days ago

Camped there last night. Trail is super wet, wear boots. A lot of it you’re still walking through snow. Super easy and fun!

hiking
1 month ago

5/13 Went out and the lake was still frozen over, will probably go back July/August. Otherwise, the views were pretty and saw some Eagles and Ptarmigans on the way there. Trail still has a good amount of snow, especially near the end, but not too difficult of a hike.

hiking
2 months ago

4/12 Went out on a bluebird day and it was just gorgeous. The trail is still covered in snow, and by the time we returned in the late afternoon the snow was pretty soft and we started postholing quite a bit. Will definitely do this hike again once the snow is melted and the lake is open!

Beautiful hike with great views of suicide peaks! I see people mountain biking this trail alot also.

a buddy and I made this climb on 27 Dec 2017. Great hike......I recommend crampons for the decent. The views and silence were amazing.....we also saw some goats near the summit.

Visited Pepper Peak yesterday, Nov 26. Climbed to about 4000 feet and decided to turn back as it was pretty steep and I was out alone. Nonetheless it was a great hike. Used micro spikes until the park bench at 2 miles, then put on my new crampons I bough the day before. Ive never owned a pair, but I wish I had sooner. They were needed for most of the ascent. About halfway up the ridge, the trail becomes exposed in certain areas. Probably won’t be long before it’s completely covered. Will be returning in the spring for sure.

Got up to crystal lake and crows pass cabin. Snowing and windy. Used crampons. Still beautiful scenery and will be back in the summertime

hiking
8 months ago

Great half day hike. Saw lots of moose! Went during fall and the colors were amazing

Awesome hike! One of my favorites in AK

Beautiful day! 8/27/17 Didn’t stay at the lake long as it was very windy.

hiking
8 months ago

Hiked this trail 9/20/17, beautiful fall day with the colors on display. Easy elevation change with some short moderate climbs. Beautiful lake at the end with plenty of room to spread out around. Had the trail going out and the lake to myself, only saw people coming up the trail as I was leaving. Awesome hike close to town!

After hiking through Alaska for 8 years, this is my favorite!

I did this for the first time yesterday! Not very challenging, but it was gorgeous and a ton of fun! I would definitely do it again!

After spending a year and a half hiking AK this was the most beautiful hike I've found.

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful day and beautiful hike!!!! Loved this trail! Not use to hiking an easy trail with magnificent views and zero elevation. Fall colors a plus!!

hiking
9 months ago

Great hike, awful weather. In town it was slightly overcast with light winds. On the trail it was extremely windy, cold, and blowing rain. Some termination dust on the mountaintops by the end of the day. Whitecaps on the lake.

It was super foggy and raining all the way up and down , but it was worth it ! Lake is super wee and so lovely , we could hardly see the glacier but again , not bad at all ! Go for it

Well marked, frequented daily. We did it in a day, 12-13 hours, with a group of 4 adults and 6 12 year olds. Everyone did great! Lots of down hills. Life straws, change of shoes for river crossing, blister prevention, and plenty of yummy snacks, make this hike a 1 day possibly. Beautiful views all around!

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