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Penguin Peak Trail is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Girdwood, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 6.3 mi Elevation gain 4,038 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Wildlife

Snow

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David Lane
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HikingOver grownScrambleSnow

This hike had everything! It was humbling walking along the trail that followed a recent avalanche path, the trees were snapped like twigs. After we made it above the trees, it was alternating snow fields and alpine tundra. Extremely steep the whole way. After we made it to the weather tower, it was a 20-30 min scree scramble to the obvious false peak. After that, a pretty exposed ridge walk/snow field traverse to the summit. Spikes and an axe were nice things to have. On the way back down, about 20 minutes after leaving the summit, I slipped on the weeniest, dummest piece of snow and sprained my ankle, kinda bad. THANK GOD FOR LEKI TREKKING POLES!! I hobbled down for 3 hours/3 miles/3500ft. Sucked. My hiking partner couldn’t do much but watch. Regardless, awesome hike and I would do it again. Oh yeah, BRING MOSQUITO SPRAY! Love ya, -dl

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Chase Skopik
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HikingSnow

Did this over the weekend. starts off flat, then it was steep the majority of the trail. I believe it's longer than it states..about a mile longer round trip. Wouldn't try during the winter, the last half mile had snow to our knees. The views are worth the pain bahaha.

Janice Crocker
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HikingRockyScramble

We were able to find a trail about half of the Penguin ridge hike. This review is for Bird to Girdwood, could be better going other direction, doubt it. Only do this hike if you are completely confident bouldering with dire consequences, AND have decent visibility for a full 12 hours. Rain down low = hiking in cloud @ 3-4K feet= no vis. Trail intermittent at best, low vis made this super challenging. Expert only, not for intermediates. Be safe, bring a headlamp in case you miss the flagging and end up bushwhacking for a few hours. Lovely when we could see.

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Jenny Stryker
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Hiking

The climb is definitely Alaska-style, steep and not really any switchbacks, but beautiful once you get above the tree line and especially when you pop up to the ridge.

Heather Barnes
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Leigh Rasher
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Hiking

The view from the top is pretty epic like just about any other hike in alaska. I would rate this hike as difficult, it is uphill the while time and about 1000 ft elevation gain for every mile. Also it not a crowded trail so I would be sure to be super bear aware.

Andrea Burtzel
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Mike P
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Luke Coverdell
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Claire Schmidt
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Nathan Joe LittleCar
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Brian Prokes
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Mike Price
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Ken S.
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