Round Top

Chugach State Park
This hike was rated 4 stars.
Somewhat Difficult
Miles One Way
Miles from Anchorage
15; near the town of Eagle River
All year (use snowshoes, appropriate gear in winter)


I hiked/snowshoed this trail with the Anchorage Adventurers Meetup Group in March 2008. The snow condition is great. You can access the peak from the Ptarmigan Valley Trailhead. The first 4 miles is wide and well packed. Skiing should be great on this trail. The trail leads steady uphill towards a bowl where you can see Mt. Baldy, Black Tail Rock and other peaks. Round Top Peak is to the left of the bowl. There is no obvious trail to the peak. Just climb up and walk along the ridge about 1.5 miles. The total elevation gain is about 4,500 feet. It is a beautiful trail, and great workout, well worth it. I have to say that I did not make it to the top of the peak but some other people made it.


Topo Map

Round Top topo map

Comments on hiking Round Top

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  2. The following was submitted by Micah McGuire (Chugachpics):

    To proceed from Black Tail Rocks to Round Top, continue past the summit, down a moderately steep hill for a few hundred feet. A trail will lead up an obvious ridge and then split off between Vista and Round Top. Getting up Round Top is a piece of cake, simply follow the trail up the ridge to the summit. Getting to Vista is equally easy, follow the obvious trail along the ridge. Near the summit of Vista, there is a steeper section that ascends to the summit for a few hundred feet. There is still a trail, but occasionally it requires a tiny bit of scrambling. I did it in some seriously thick clouds, so I may have deviated from a larger trail, but I doubt it.

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