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Best trails in Chugiak

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Looking for a great trail near Chugiak, Alaska? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Chugach State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Independence Mine State Historical Park or Hatcher Pass East Management Area. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 6 hard trails in Chugiak ranging from 2.4 to 10.8 miles and from 433 to 5,721 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
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Map of trails in Chugiak
Top trails (16)
#1 - Twin Peaks Trail
Chugach State Park
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Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 6 h 19 m
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.Show more
#2 - Thunderbird Falls Trail
Chugach National Forest
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 56 m
Thunderbird Falls is a nice leisurely walk located along Eklutna River and Thunderbird Falls themselves. The trailhead is very easy to find directly off the Glenn Highway between the Eklutna and Mirror Lake exits. Once you reach the exit you will either cross the Eklutna River (northbound) bridge or pass Thunderbird Heights (southbound). The trail is very well maintained and is a very popular destination. It is an easy trail to hike in terms of difficulty, landscaped with boardwalks,hand rails, and view points. The trail follows a general path and then splits off to a Creek accessible trail or straight ahead to get a balcony view of Thunderbird Falls. There is the occasional opportunity to explore and capture additional views of Eklutna River, however it is not encouraged as it can be dangerous in some areas. If you are looking to get close to the falls the Creekside trail is the way to go. First you traverse down and then follow the creek to the base of the falls. Show more
#3 - Eklutna Lakeside Trail
Chugach State Park
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Length: 12.7 mi • Est. 6 h 2 m
#4 - Mount Eklutna via Peters Creek Valley Trail
Peters Creek Community Park
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Length: 5.9 mi • Est. 4 h 19 m
#5 - Gold Star Peak
Chugach National Forest
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
Pack light, look for the flag on the tree at or before mile 5 on Eklutna Lake Road for the trailheadShow more
#6 - Bear Point
Peters Creek Community Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 58 m
#7 - POW/MIA Peak
Chugach State Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 3 h 51 m
This is a really steep trail that goes up to some incredible views. It's called POW/MIA because there is a memorial on the peak to honor soldiers who were prisoners of war or missing in action. Note that the ridge at the top has two high points. One is called Gold Star Peak and there is a memorial there, too. You need to continue on for about 1/3 mile further to reach the true summit of POW/MIA with a flag flying and incredible views of Twin Peaks. Note also that you only want to do this hike when trails are dry. It would be almost impossible to climb parts of the trail if they were wet with mud. And, there would be no point in going if the mountain was covered with clouds. You can't park at the trailhead itself. You need to park in a pullout either 1/ 2mile before or 1/2 mile after the actual trailhead. There are numbered power poles along the road. You can park at power pole #74. That's where the route starts on the map. The climb off the road begins at power pole #85.Show more
#8 - Ptarmigan Valley Trail
Chugach State Park
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Length: 10.8 mi • Est. 6 h 26 m
#9 - East Twin Peak Trail
Chugach State Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 6 h 27 m
#10 - Eydlu Bena Loop Trail
Chugach State Park
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Length: 2.2 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
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