Ptarmigan Valley Trail

Chugach State Park
This hike was rated 3 stars.
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Miles One Way
Miles from Anchorage
20; near the town of Eagle River
All year (cross country ski in winter)


A wide double track trail until tree line used for all multi-use minus ATV and bike. At tree line, the trail converts to single track with very tall stands of grasses, fireweed and cow parsnip. The trail follows Parks Creek and tops out near the hill marked 1775′ on the map, then descends back down into the Little Peter’s Creek drainage before ascending some more along the creek.

Important Information

Despite the high grass, the trail is present. Our dogs were able to keep us on track (I guess they could see it better closer to the ground). I’m glad we kept our dogs on leash, as we did run into a porcupine.


No overnight camping at the trailhead.

Topo Map

Ptarmigan Valley Trail topo map

Comments on hiking Ptarmigan Valley Trail

  1. greg jackson — September 15, 2013

    Easy hike, some wet areas, saw some very fresh grizzly tracks, moose droppings and bear scat so we were not alone. Stunning views and well worth the effort.

  2. The following was submitted by Jerry Richardson:

    Good morning, I thought maybe you would like another picture to add to your Ptarmigan Valley Trail hike. This picture shows the Peter’s Creek drainage in front of you, it is on the main snow machine trail about mid point between the cutoffs for the summer foot trail. I like the wider snow machine trail although it is a little wet in spots. From the point where this was taken, you will go about another 1/2 mile and turn uphill heading towards a bridge that crosses Peters creek, a good spot for a breather and a snack and a drink for your dogs if you have them. The mountains you see in front of you in this pic will be on your left hand side the rest of the way up. Take care, thanks for your great site. It is invaluable.

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