Bold Peak Valley is a 12.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palmer, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length12.6 miElevation gain6,922 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingViewsWildflowersSnow
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Kaleb Notte
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Stone Conroy
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The views were incredible, but prepare to walk up razor-sharp scree literally the entire time.

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Alfonso Espinoza
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Absolutely terrific views the entire way up. The route up has some terrific and unique views deep into the Chugach state park that not many people get to see. Almost looks like Jurassic Park on the way up with the rock cliff formations and foliage around you. There isn’t really much of an actual trail other than in a few certain areas on and off - most of the hike is rock and boulder scrambling almost the entire way up with serious risk of big rock slides and exposure. Around this time, there are snow areas and remnants of a glacier from 4900 feet all the way to the summit but they can be avoided if you want. I prefer the hard snow as it’s easier to walk than the boulders. Makes for a good way down to slide too. There are good small flat meadow spots to camp about half way up and almost towards the end. Other than that, it is all very steep and uphill for a long ways. The bike path is rocky and relatively hilly so make sure you have a good seat and start early. Plan for a 13-20 hour day depending on how in shape you are and how much you stop. About 6600 feet of elevation gain over 6 (including the first flat mile) miles from trail head to summit on top of a 10.5 mile bike ride just to get to the trail head start. The first 1.25 miles is flat and overgrown and next to a fast flowing river that is deep in bear country so be on the lookout for that. Very easy to get lost here. After that and you find Stiver’s Gully, it is completely uphill the entire way to the summit and only gets steeper as you go. I would not do this hike unless you are an experienced and in shape hiker comfortable with high exposure and steep uphill boulder scrambling. Definitely bring poles if you want to save your knees - probably the hardest non technical hike in the Chugach State Park/Anchorage area. There is lots of flowing water the entire way up so need to overpack water either. I also recommend doing it on a very clear day to enjoy the views all around so check the local forecast. The weather changes very, very fast especially on the actual summit as the mountain is pretty big. You don’t want to put in all that work just to get clouded out and not enjoy the views of Eklutna Lake and the surrounding mountain ranges. l recommend checking the weather for the mountain and surrounding area.

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Alexy Prokoshev
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https://youtu.be/bFzpe-vXjl0 Checkout my video of this trail Enjoy

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Nathan Greer
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Not the trail to Bold Peak but rather Bold Ridge.

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Nivaun Rahne
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This is a great hike to see the Eklutna Glacier and Lake. Not sure what the trail is like now, I haven't been up here since 1983.

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Nancy Strahan
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Kayla Roberts
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Kaitlin Weber
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