Mt. Eklutna

Chugach State Park


The trailhead to this route provides access to Bear Mountain and Mt. Eklutna. It 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.

Mount 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. Neither mountain is heavily traveled, yet both are easily reached. The Mount 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 trickle of locals eager to visit the peak towering so dramatically above their community.

(Note: part of this trail description was taken from


To access the trail head, take Peters Creek exit from the Glenn Highway, then turn right on Ski Rd. Follow Ski Rd for one mile, take a right on Whaley, which become Chugach Park Rd. Take a left on Kullberg, right on Sullins Dr. following it through switchbacks, then turn right on Malcolm Dr. The trail begins about a quarter mile ahead.

Hike Map

Map of Mt. Eklutna

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Amy Olson
2.5 miles
From Anchorage
25 miles
May - September