Mt. Eklutna

Chugach State Park

Description

The trailhead to this route provides access to Bear Mountain and Mt. Eklutna. You can either climb up and over Bear Mountain and then continue to Mt. Eklutna, or head straight to Mt. Eklutna via the Peter's Creek Trail. That trail leads along an old roadbed that can be steep and muddy in sections, then follow it up to the left until you reach the saddle. Mt. Eklutna is the mountain up to the right.

Mt. Eklutna and Bear Mountain, tiered hills above the town of Peters Creek, sit at the tip of a ridge stretching from the heart of the park like emissaries to civilization. The Mt. Eklutna Trail meanders through a lupine-filled meadow, then climbs a sculpted ridge to the summit. When you reach the top of the saddle, follow the trail to the right with mild scrambling until you reach Mt. Eklutna. Bear Mountain is a shorter but less pleasant hike, steep and eroded in some sections. Nevertheless, it sees a steady stream of locals eager to visit the peak towering so dramatically above their community.

Important Information

There are no water sources on this hike, so plan accordingly.

The parking area is on the wide corner of a switchback in a neighborhood. Please be mindful and courteous to the nearby neighbors.

Comments on hiking Mt. Eklutna

Rating
This hike was rated 4 stars.
Difficulty
Moderate
Distance
2.5 miles
Elevation Gain
3300 feet
From Anchorage
25 miles
Season
All year
Submitted By
Amy Olson

Finding the Trailhead

Hike Map

Map of Mt. Eklutna
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Elevation Profile

Elevation profile of Mt. Eklutna