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Black Lake Out-and-Back

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An alternate route to Black Lake


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8.6

Miles

13.8

KM

Out and Back

3,816' 1,163 m

High

2,012' 613 m

Low

3,170' 966 m

Up

3,170' 966 m

Down

14%

Avg Grade (8°)

85%

Max Grade (40°)

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Overview

This route provides an alpine route to Black Lake and Williwaw Lakes Trail from Glen Alps Trailhead.

Need to Know

Parking at Glen Alps is $5 per day or an annual AK State Park pass.

Description

Beginning from the Glen Alps Trailhead, this trail uses parts of the Powerline Pass Trail and Middle Fork Loop Trail to get to a signed fork. At the fork, you can go left to continue down Middle Fork Loop Trail or you can go right to the O'Malley Gully. Going right, you'll quickly encounter a steep gully trail network that all lead up to the ridgeline.

Once on the ridge, continue east below the ridgeline through the open alpine area, commonly referred to as the Ballfield. Toward the end of the Ballfield, you'll see a small tarn on the right which is where you need to start looking for a small trail heading north, down into the Middle Fork Campbell Creek Valley. The trail forks along the side of the hill or down a scree slope. The scree allows for a quick descent down to the Campbell Creek Trail. Prior to the final descent, you'll encounter Black Lake.

This trail is rated intermediate/difficult due to the steep grade up the gully and scree descent.

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Powerline Pass Trail at Glen Alps. Chugach State Park, Alaska
Feb 26, 2020 near Elmendo…, AK
Cook Inlet, Alaska
Oct 27, 2016 near Elmendo…, AK
Glenn Alps trailhead
Feb 26, 2020 near Elmendo…, AK
Coming down the scree field into Black Lake
Jul 28, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK
Looking to the west towards Williwaw lakes.
Jul 28, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK
Flattop ridge from Middle Fork.  From left to right there is Ptarmigan Peak, Flaketop, Peak 3 and Peak 2.  Flattop is off the picture to the right.
Feb 14, 2018 near Elmendo…, AK

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Jul 21, 2019
Blythe Easterly
Jun 19, 2019
Aaron Dirthog
Beautiful day hike, took this down to Willawaw Lakes and followed that back to Middle Fork and then back to Powerline.