Ptarmigan Lake Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews
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Ptarmigan Lake Trail is a 6.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Seward, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, camping, and nature trips and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

6.8 miles
1,056 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



nature trips






11 days ago

Great trail with a beautiful lake as the prize. Last 1.5 miles is pretty overgrown but you can manage if you pay attention. River views mostly along beginning 1.5 miles and keeps you cool, we love this trail, easy to find and follow.

2 months ago

Great trail....wonderful scenery and a lot of solitude! Good for an overnight or day trip in and out.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

This is a wonderful mellow trail with some elevation gain. Currently, 7/15/17, the trail leads comfortably to the lake (~3mi). At the lake, the trail continues but is very bushy and raw. Enjoy!!

Friday, May 12, 2017

Beautiful day yesterday, violets are out, only a few skitters.Mostly dry trail.

Sunday, October 02, 2016

I hiked this trail October1, 2016. My GPS measured it as 3.75 miles to the near edge of the lake. it was an overcast day, but very calm when I arrived. I got some fantastic reflection pictures because the water was so calm. I hiked about half way to the other end of the lake, and found several good vantage points for photos. The weather started to change, so I turned back at the point where the trail met a large Boulder face. This was elevated and had a view of a water cascade on the opposite side. Not many people on the trail at this time of year, very pleasant.

Sunday, May 29, 2016

Trail is moderate with some AMAZING views. Not much elevation. The lake is beautiful but be sure to pack some bugs spray.

Saturday, May 21, 2016

A very pretty hike done on a very pretty day. Easier coming out, as it in mainly downhill. I overnighted at the lake and watched a gorgeous sunrise. With a 40 lb pack and my dog, it took us 2 hours to hike in and 1.5 hours to hike out.

Friday, April 10, 2015

Hiked this trail on a snowy Easter Sunday, 2015. Gorgeous. Birds singing all along the creek. Snow on the pines.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

My wife and i have done this hike several times. It is a great day hike up to the lake for lunch and back. It usually takes us 2-3 hours to get to the lower end of the lake where there is a nice camping area with a bear proof food storage box. The trail can be a little overgrown later in the summer. It is not a tough hike and for the most part is a nice gently rise to the lake. Our dogs love to swim and play in the lake after the hike in, and we had a great time lounging by the water and cooling our feet.

Thursday, August 26, 2010

We took Ptarmigan Lake Trail as far as the lake (3.5 miles one way). The trail continues on around the lake. The trail was pretty muddy, but Alaska has had 32 straight days of measurable rain in this area. The blueberries were out (and delicious). The bears thought so, too. Although we did not see any, we saw evidence of them. Very scenic trail, starting along the Ptarmigan Creek, then gradually up about 750 feet overlooking the valley and then back down to the lake. Most of it was easy to follow, but parts get somewhat overgrown. The view at the lake is really nice. Take a lunch and picnic...

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