Twin Peaks Trail

MODERATE 82 reviews
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Twin Peaks Trail is a 4.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chugiak, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September.

DISTANCE
4.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1879 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

kid friendly

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

wild flowers

wildlife

The Twin Peaks trailhead can be reached by walking away from Eklutna Lake and crossing Thachkatnu Creek and heading up the mountain. The trail winds up the East Twin Peak at a fairly steep elevation for most of the hike. Views of Eklutna Lake can be seen for the entire hike; but doesn't really become worthwhile until you get above the tree line. There is a bench that overlooks Eklutna Lake, the surrounding peaks (West Twin Peak, East Twin Peak, Pepper Peak) and the Glacier. If you continue on past the bench using the trail goats, dall sheep, bald eagles, and bear are likely to be seen. Late in the summer berries of various sorts blanket the mountainside.

hiking
6 days ago

My husband and I loved this hike. If you have gone as far as the second bench, you really should head up the trail behind the bench to the overlook of the lake. Its not too terribly far and it's a fantastic view. Bring bug dope for the foresty part of the hike. Once you are out of the trees they aren't so bad. I think the "moderate" rating is accurate due to the constant incline until you reach the plateau above the second bench. Bring a lunch and enjoy!

hiking
6 days ago

Great views. Steep in some parts, but overall an easy and enjoyable trail. Did see a bear down at Eklutna Lake.

hiking
7 days ago

This is an amazing hike to the top. It is pretty vertical climbing almost 1000 ft a mile. Once you get to the second bench do stop there, continue up the trail to the right it’s well worth it. The views are amazing.

10 days ago

Excellent hike. The extra mile to summit past the second bench is well worth it for the view of of the lake. ~6.5mi roundtrip.

10 days ago

A leg workout but so worth it. The views are rewarding!

hiking
12 days ago

Sign at trailhead is misleading. I should have looked on here before hiking the trail. The description on here is correct. Trailhead says 2.6 miles, but forgets to mention distance listed is one way. My roundtrip GPS tracking was at approximately 5 miles with elevation gain of 1,956 ft. We turned around at the second bench. ALL uphill on the way out. Our legs felt like jello, but my 10 year old did great and kept up. Definitely a trail worth doing at least once. We saw about 50 Dall’s Sheep on the side of the Twin Peaks and the view of Eklutna Lake at the first bench is breathtaking.

hiking
16 days ago

Great Trail!! Path is easy to navigate and clear. Some good consistent inclines, but my 4 and 5 year old kept up without issues. Views are great!!

hiking
1 month 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!

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

1 month ago

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

hiking
9 months ago

Such a great hike! Pretty steep most of the way up. The first bench is definitely a good stopping point if you aren't in the greatest shape. Otherwise, go to the second bench. And if you're up for a real challenge and want the best view, continue on past the second bench to the mountain peak. It's less of a trail and more of a dirt/rock path but you'll know the way you're going. Such a fun hike with the BEST view at the end. Definitely worth the workout it gives you!

hiking
9 months ago

Just took the kids to the first bench. Decent incline, took it slow and steady.

hiking
9 months ago

beautiful view of the lake about half way through the trail and even better when you get to the top, beware the trail is pretty steep a lot of the way.

hiking
10 months ago

10 months ago

Challenging for a beginner. Definitely worth the next day soreness if you go to the top!

11 months ago

Beautiful views!!

hiking
Saturday, June 17, 2017

Very difficult, steep climb. Worth it once you get to the top. My step tracker counted a 7 mile round trip from bottom to top and back down. Took about 4.5 hours with a good amount of rests. Pace yourself and you'll have a blast!

Monday, June 12, 2017

This was a pretty difficult hike with steep inclines; however, it's all worth it when you reach the top. The view of Eklutna Lake is incredible!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Nice wide trail with a steady climb, but not strenuous. If you are going for the view of the lake I suggest stopping at the first bench. Unless I missed something the second bench was more of a view of mountains. All in all a nice walk in the woods!

Saturday, May 27, 2017

Amazing view of eklutna lake as you get above the tree line. Look for Dall sheep as you turn and hike toward the twin peaks. We saw 15 way off in the distance. Some steep parts but overall not too bad. The trail is well beaten with just a few places with loose rocks.

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Beautiful view! The trail is a little steep and think on the way up to second bench. Overall, I love it.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

this was the best trail I have taken since coming here! go straight up at the first bench if you are up for a challenge and want to get to the peak.

hiking
Friday, May 19, 2017

Great view from the end! Plenty of wildlife to see!

Thursday, May 18, 2017

Beautiful views all the way up! Quad burner but sooooo worth it!!!!

hiking
Monday, October 17, 2016

Mild hike, innumerable amounts of mountain goats- bring binoculars. GORGEOUS LAKE ... beautiful hike. Plenty of spots to rest, if you continue to hike the peak it can be quite steep. No snow on the trail whatsoever when I hiked it. Enjoy, be safe and never stop exploring.

hiking
Monday, October 10, 2016

I agree with another review, you don't have to go to the end. Unless you just want extra exercise and more time enjoying being on the trail, once you get to the nice lake view you can stop. After that the views aren't as good. Crowded trail, I went on a Saturday evening and passed a lot of groups going up. Still makes for a nice day hike.

hiking
Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Good view but if I could do it again I'd keep going to Pepper Peak

hiking
Saturday, September 17, 2016

Great trail. Especially in the fall because you are surrounded by forest and the colors are amazing. Has quite a bit of elevation. We stopped around 2 miles at the first bench. The rest of the way is loose rocks and we had our dog.

hiking
Monday, September 05, 2016

Beautiful views of Eklutna Lake! Steady incline all the way up but not difficult.

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