Ptarmigan Peak is a 7 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anchorage, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers 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.

Length7.0 miElevation gain3,064 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingNature tripsBird watchingDog friendlyViewsWildflowersWildlifeFee
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Chugach State Park charges a $5 daily parking fee. You can also purchase an annual parking pass for $60.

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Troy Potthoff
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Hiking

wasn't a trail when we got there due to fresh snow. post holed all the way up. almost slid off mountain a few times. 10/10 would almost die again

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Dennis Williams
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Hiking

Hard

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Megan Heinecke
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Hiking

Bit of a scramble at the end. It seems like it would be easier to return the way you came instead of following the loop on AllTrails. Getting to the easier scree slopes was pretty dicey.

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Joshua Tokita
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HikingGreat!

Great conditions today. Getting to the screen slope on the way down is pretty dicey. I think I would have been better off going back the way I came.

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Kaleb Notte
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Hiking

wind to strong today but a very maintained trail and easy access will try again in a few days if the wind dies down! Update: Made it to the top 9-1-2020 . I left a notebook tucked in the tallest point of the peak feel free to write what you like inside.

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Pailin Khaekram
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Hiking

It was honestly hard and kinda scary going up the peak but the views were definitely worth it and it was definitely challenging.

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Christian T
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HikingFeeOff trailRockyScramble

Im not sure this is the best route. There is a worn trail on the south side of the west ridge that seems to be less dangerous as you would not be climbing through loose scree. I turned around due to weather, probably about 30mph winds nearing the top. Make sure to be prepared for this scramble.

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Mackenzie Johnosn
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HikingBlowdownBugsMuddyNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

I do not think I was at the hiking level to be doing this. I was scared because it was extremely steep and one wrong step could have sent me off a cliff.

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Elizabeth Moreno
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble
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Gretchen Keil - Tedrick
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HikingNo shadeOff trailOver grownRockyScrambleSnow

The rabbit lake side is a bit overgrown. There’s a bit of a snow chute from the saddle that makes for a quick descent. Was hard to find the trail, especially on the way up. Requires some rock climbing on the way up, several rock slides to walk across - be cautious.

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Max Robertson
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HikingOff trailRockyScramble

Ascended via Rabbit Creek, quite steep and trail on upper peak is virtually nonexistent. Descended the South face, which required significant route finding and bouldering down through/across several rock fields. Recommend this peak only for experienced folks as it’s significantly steep and there’s quite a bit of rock climbing up top. Views were the BEST I’ve EVER seen. 11/10!

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