Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

on Wolverine Trail

hiking
10 days ago

It’s a tough hike but very rewarding.

hiking
15 days ago

No trail after. 25 yards. Just hike it as you like.

hiking
15 days ago

Did this hike June 28, 2018. Hike down Powerline and up to Ptarmigan, Climbed Ptarmigan.. then hiked down and followed all the ridges.peaks back to glen alps parking lot. started 1:19pm and finished 1030p. Stops included lunch,picture taking, and rest. Challenging..but doable.

hiking
15 days ago

Up, and then up again. It got foggy at the top but still great views of the mountains and inlet.

hiking
16 days ago

Up, up, up. Feels like you're going straight up, but it's worth it. You feel accomplished and there's a stunning view, probably my favorite view of the arm. It can be a bit windy at the top.

My favorite trail...Rated hard...Definitely would say it’s accurately labeled...Pays in the end

23 days ago

Fun hike. Bring bear protection as the first few miles are have thick vegetation in bear country.

hiking
1 month ago

Amazing view from the top! Pretty steep on some sections though. Not terrible on the way up but it feels like it takes forever to get up there. Right when you think you may be close you realize you still have a ways to go. Rather brutal on the knees on the way down but, over all worth it for the view. Took a little over 2 hours to get to the summit with plenty of short brakes. Would advise bringing plenty of water if it’s warm although it can get windy and chilly near the top. Was still snow on the very top of the mountain.

hiking
1 month ago

We did it on 5/29 and it was pretty great there’s still snow up at the top though and the trails were slightly muddy. Over all really good!

hiking
1 month ago

Difficult, but worth the pain. Not recommended for families with small children due to the difficult slope of the entire hike and rough path.

hiking
2 months ago

Welp, this trail is accurately labeled as "hard" as it goes pretty much straight up the whole way. Boy was it nice though. The views were great and there were plenty of good spots to take a rest. We ran into quite a few people, it was heavily trafficked. Near the top it gets really windy so come prepared for that. Great hike, would definitely recommend to hikers up for a challenge!

hiking
2 months ago

This is truly a hard trail. My BF and I are new to hiking in AK and have lived here for only 7 months. This trail kicked our butts and reminded us that we are getting older. We have done a couple of other hard trails but this one had us working hard the whole time! The views are beautiful and it was easier for us going up, we took regular "catch our breath breaks", but coming back down my knees were not happy. We were grateful for our walking sticks, wing breakers when we got towards the top, and snacks. There are a few false peaks that chip at your motivation to keep going. I think we made it to the second to the last peak...but I could be wrong. As novices for this type of hiking, straight up and straight down, we felt good for how far we got, we enjoyed the views. No wild animals sited but the mosquitos are out! Traffic was mild due to it being in the middle of the week. Always listen to your body and don't over do it! Enjoy the hike...for us it's about the enjoyment, nature, and views...it is never a race to get to the top :)

hiking
2 months ago

Can lose the trail pretty easily when there’s a little snow. The views aren’t that great but nice enough. But you’ll work up a sweat if you aren’t a regular hiker!

Did this on 4/15/2018 on a gorgeous day with an incredible view. We had a nine and ten year old with us so we took several breaks along the way. We decided to turn back two ridges from the top. At that point snow was still all over and trekking sticks would’ve been helpful. Going down was slippery and wet. About two dozen people were on the trail along with us so it’s highly packed down. Still an amazing hike and will try again this summer.

Just did this hike on 4/22/2018 and it was awesome! A bit muddy at the start with snow following after but no postholing. Would recommend trekking sticks and once we reached the ridge top it was covered in snow, but crunchy snow. Amazing views! I will be attempting this again later this summer. Round trip we knocked it out in 5 1/2 hours with multiple breaks for snacks and such.

Did this 11/15/17 and it was gorgeous... Lots of snow and breathtaking views. Spikes or yaks needed..

a friend from work and I decided to try this one yesterday before the snow came. We got off work around 4 and drove out there from anchorage (30 min drive) and tried to get a workout in. mission accomplished.
great views, and although we didn't make it to the top (we were starting you lose daylight and we're not familiar enough with Alaska yet) we enjoyed it and will return to compete it.


**Finished April 8, 2018**
Now that trail is a workout! It deserves a Hard rating... Amazing views of the Turnagain Arm are your reward at the top, and the expansive sight of the Chugach peaks as a colossal backyard.

10 months ago

One of my favorites so far around the Anchorage area, beautiful views all the way to the top. Fun and steep...great one for getting your heart rate up. Tracked with Apple Watch (usually fairly accurate) and took exactly 3 hrs round trip. 90 mins to the top, rested and took my time hiking a few ridges after the last peak for 20-25 mins or so, then came back down in about 50 mins. Trail ran/jogged the bottom half for a quick descent. Length was close to 6 miles via my watch instead of 4.5 but I did go past the last peak and monument. Was nice and warm for the 1st day of September and I saw 5 other hikers on the trail.

hiking
10 months ago

This hike was truly breath taking and extremely strenuous. It just seems like 4.6 miles but the elevation gain is truly something you should care about. The first 2500 feet just keep going up and up with almost no flat ground. As you head higher from that there are few flat spots that come along. You climb a mountain and then realise you are at the bottom of another, feels never ending. Just know that each step along the way will make you happy at the ultimate view at the top. You start seeing the mountain ranges once you clear the initial forest area. The mountain peaks are visible all along with new ones becoming visible as you near the top. There was no one on this trail except my friend and me, which was a bit scary considering we were not equipped for a bear attack! It took us 3 hours to reach the top with short 1-2 minute breaks along the way and 2 hours to get down. There were some steep spots and some less trafficked areas that make you wait and decide on a safe way up. The top has a different weather. It got windy and chilly with my phone switching off due to the wind and low temperature. Make sure to have gloves with you. Definitely worth each step climbed and the amazing breathtaking view.

hiking
11 months ago

It was an amazing experience! We enjoyed and the day was so clear and beautiful! Had to do it again!

Beautiful trail to hike. Lots of spots to look at the water and the surrounding mountains. Extremely difficult to hike, but worth it in the end. The trail goes at what seems to be straight up. Recommended for experienced hikers.

on Bird Ridge Trail

11 months ago

This hike is definitely one of the toughest I've gone on yet. All the false peaks killed my spirit a little, but once you get to the top it's all worth it. be prepared to sweat, bring bug spray and bring lots of water. This hike is beautiful though, don't get discouraged!

hiking
11 months ago

Hard climb up and down, but definitely worth it for the scenery.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Great trail - easy to find and well-maintained the entire length, which isn't always the case in the Chugach. Lots of elevation gain, but it's a pretty steady climb, no real steep parts and nothing sketchy. View from the summit is incredible. We did the 4.8 mile ascent in 2:10 from Prospect Heights Trailhead. Ran pretty much the entire descent and made it in under an hour, but that's two teenagers who are basically mountain goats and a mid-40s lady who has done quite a bit of mountain climbing lately and regularly runs marathons...

hiking
Friday, June 30, 2017

This is a beautiful hike. Views are stunning! Definitely would consider this a "hard" hike. Wouldn't attempt unless you are in stellar shape.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

Trail is currently closed due to black bear attack & death of a teen on 6/18/17.

Monday, June 19, 2017

Wouldn't call it difficult more like strenuous

Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Love this trail. I would rate it more than moderate due to the constant slope. No scrambling required, but this really stretched my legs well.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Bird Ridge was a gorgeous hike! My friend and I used trekking poles that definitely helped going down. Be prepared for false peaks. Once you get on the Ridge it gets easier ish. Peak 3 is where the survey monument.

hiking
Sunday, June 11, 2017

Not for beginners or kids. This was our first trail to try after moving to Alaska, and the moderate to difficult rating for this trail leaned more on the difficult side for us. We made it about a mile and a half up before turning back (two adults with four kids). The views are amazing, but the false summits sufficed for us today.

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