Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

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.

Great hike. No snow but some mud and wet spots!

great hike, last bit is good, a little challenging, climbing. there was still some snow on the trail, made things interesting in a couple places

Nice short out and back, great views, a couple of minor stream crossings, would be best to do this hike early in the season before the cow parsnip grows out of control. Each end of the hike, whether you start at the Rainbow end or the Windy end will have you going uphill for about a quarter mile. We saw some Dall Sheep at Windy. The views are awesome, but I could see that one skiddish about heights might find this hike out of their comfort zone, as the trail can be narrow along a pretty steep drop at times.

A little sloppy in some spots and slick in others. Poles and traction helped. Went down the back side as we were concerned about slipping going back down the front side. Snow is deep on the backside but manageable. Overall a good hike.

avoid the steep side when it's raining, mud city. lots of slipping

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13 days ago

Gets a bit steep at the end which can be difficult without good traction as there is still deep snow in some areas. Take the back side down the mountain (winds down towards the left side) if you’re worried about sliding down the front!

5/13/2018. Really nice escalation of difficulty as you progress. Last 100m or so is basically easy rock climbing as opposed to hiking. Still lots of snow and mud

Good trail. Muddy with a bit of snow. Need to cross water towards the end, but nothing major. Highlight was coming within 30 feet of a moose on the way back, who, fortunately, didn’t seem to mind our music.

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14 days ago

The steep trail still has areas on it this time of year where you will have to hike through snow and wet mud. Hiking poles are extremely helpful.

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14 days ago

The views are breathtaking. There are parts that are challenging, especially the rocks at the top, but it is well worth it.

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15 days ago

Nice, short trail. Great for children! Still a little muddy but nothing terrible

I hike this trail at least once a month. It has been muddy lately. I take extra clothing and my cramp ons.

I hiked this trail for the first time on 5/5/18. It was indeed challenging in certain parts because the snow was slushy/slippery and I didn’t have good traction on my feet. Some parts of the hike were very steep so please pay close attention to where you step. As you get closer to the top there are some wooden steps to help lift you and not lose track of the path. I recommend this hike in the summer where the snow isn’t too over bearing. The view, however, was incredible the whole way up. It was an excellent experience.

Went on 5/8/18 view was amazing as we caught some cloud separation over the ocean. Still icy and can be a bit difficult if you are carrying little children (2,4). Muddy in some spots as well. Was extremely dissapointed by all the dog poop, saw a few LEASHLESS DOGS. If you hike clean up after your animal, leaving full dog poop bags along the trail is still not cool.

1st trek of 2018. Nice trail, still a bit muddy and icy in places as expected.

View from the top is amazing. Some steep sections, can scramble up. Can be pretty busy during the summer. Would highly recommend during the solstice

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18 days ago

Absolutely beautiful views throughout the entirety of the hike. Snow is still knee-deep in most places so you will definitely need waterproof shoes with good traction. We had to stop a bit before the summit because we did not have good enough traction for the amount of snow and scrambling required to get to the peak

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20 days ago

Great trail with beautiful views! Reasonable incline gets your heart rate going but it’s nothing too challenging. The “moderate” difficulty rating is accurate. The trail is well kept, and we ran into a lot of people (and their lovely dogs!) today. Still a bit of snow near the top, but nothing you would sink in to. Overall, a splendid hike!

Great trail, still lots of snow on the top. Heck of a workout

Great view of lake. Upper 1/4 of trail still covered in snow, but manageable. Good cardio challenge.

nice, short trail. very little mud.

This is not the Ramp, what the map is showing is Powerline Pass. It’s an easy biking, running, walking trail all the way to the back of the bowl. If you hike over the saddle you drop down into Indian, also part of the Powerline Pass route. The photo for this trail shown, is showing the valley for the Ramp Hike. Not sure how this got messed up.

1 month ago

well maintained trail that is wide and gradually inclines from the trees to an amazing view of the lake.

this trail is heavily used; two sides: hard/ steep or a moderate incline.
muddy in early spring!
bring a light jacket for the windy condition at the top.

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1 month ago

Great easy trail to wander with our toddler. Very muddy right now, but it’s fine with wellie boots.

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1 month 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!

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1 month ago

Took the backside trail up to the top, that side is in much better condition right now. Took the frontside trail still has snow mixed with lots of mud, definitely need yaktraks/crampons. As luck would have it, there’s a stray pair on the top somewhere, lost mine on the way down! Poles were also helpful.

Super slippery today. I had micro spikes and they didn’t help much. Some parts of the trail still have deeper snow. Amazing views. Stay to the right when choosing the loop to ascend if you want a steadier climb.

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