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Wolverine Peak

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9.7 mile 15.7 kilometer loop


Ascent: 3,542' 1,080 m
Descent: -3,542' -1,079 m
High: 4,395' 1,340 m
Low: 973' 296 m


Avg Grade: 14% (8°)
Max Grade: 56% (29°)


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Trail shared by Austin Harrison

A stunningly beautiful mountain that dominates the Chugach range from Anchorage, AK.

Austin Harrison

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


Wolverine Peak is a strenuous uphill climb that quickly rises above the treeline and offers amazing views. Wolverine Peak is visible from most places in Anchorage and climbing this peak is a must for anyone not intimidated by ~3,000 feet of elevation gain. From the top, you look east into the depths of the Chugach State Park. You can forget you are just a few miles from a large metropolitan city.

Need to Know

Take lots of water and carry a jacket even in the height of summer. From the top, the winds blow cold over the snows from the mountains to the east. Elevation affects temperature from between 3.3-5.4 degrees per 1,000 feet. The 5,000 foot peak can be 17-27 degrees cooler than down in town.


From the Prospect Heights parking lot, follow signs for Wolverine Peak. The route starts off on the Wolverine Bowl Trail; in summer, the dense foliage can quickly grow to above eye height and often protrudes onto the trail. Press through and continue uphill to climb above the tree line. At a trail junction, you'll take a right onto the Wolverine Peak Trail, which will continue to the summit. This portion is strenuous, so be prepared for slower-than-expected travel.

The trail offers lots of opportunities for spotting wildflowers and wildlife. After climbing above tree line, take frequent breaks to turn around and look at the stunning views.

Flora & Fauna

In late summer keep an eye out for fireweed, a plant that blooms very red and can make the hillsides look like they are on fire.

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Apr 4, 2019
Connor Duff
Aug 14, 2018
Joe Williams
Jun 1, 2018
Brian Gil
Starting wolverine peak... don’t know if I’m in the right starting point but here we go 9.7mi
Sep 19, 2017
Briana Tobin
Clear beautiful day!
Jun 18, 2017
Keelen Johnson
Jun 12, 2016
Anthony Koberstein
Great hike...couple of steep areas.

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Wolverine Peak Trail, with Mt. Redoubt volcano on the horizon.
Nov 22, 2016 near Elmendo…, AK
Final ascent. The trail is not very steep but it has lots of uphill. Spectacular views are the greatest part of this trail.
Sep 29, 2016 near Elmendo…, AK
Looking deeper into the mountains.
Sep 29, 2016 near Elmendo…, AK
Top of the peak.
Sep 29, 2016 near Elmendo…, AK
Trail as it climbs up the slope.
Sep 29, 2016 near Elmendo…, AK
Ridge to Wolverine Peak in January
Jan 29, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK

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