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Ptarmigan Creek Trail

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.5 (2)

A fantastic hike to a beautiful lake on the Kenai.


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3.5

Miles

5.6

KM

Point to Point

967' 295 m

High

466' 142 m

Low

512' 156 m

Up

205' 62 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

18%

Max Grade (10°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Description

The trail starts at the level of the creek, and is well graveled for the first 0.75 miles. After that it becomes a techy-rooty trail, with some steep up and over sections. Most hills level out, so you can slow down when your heart rate spikes, then hike when the trail levels out.

Around 1.5 miles, you leave the creek and start heading uphill, leading eventually to mountainside hiking with views. The trail peaks at 2.5 miles, and you start a slow descent to the lake.

At the lake, there is an outhouse (bring TP if you are planning on using it) and a bear box.

It's only 800 feet of vertical, but it felt like more. The route shown is one-way, so an out-and-back hike becomes 7 miles. You could continue along the lake if you want to go further, but the trail is even rougher.

Flora & Fauna

Bears. The mountainside sections of the trail could become overgrown as the summer goes on, leading to poor bear visibility.

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Shared By:

Carleton L

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  4.5 from 2 votes

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First view of lake
Feb 23, 2019 near Bear Creek, AK

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Aug 11, 2019
Brian Bower
Beautiful coming in. We pushed in about the first 3.5 miles in at just under an hour. The last mile was fairly brushy and overgrown. Loved it! 7mi — 3h 25m
Jul 18, 2018
Tahel Axel
Jun 24, 2015
Kelly Miller