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Gunsight Mountain

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Absolutely magnificent views of Chugach spine and Glenn Highway.


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3.7

Miles

6.0

KM

Point to Point

6,024' 1,836 m

High

3,071' 936 m

Low

2,981' 909 m

Up

1,499' 457 m

Down

23%

Avg Grade (13°)

72%

Max Grade (36°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers

Parking is outside DOT gravel pit -- Mile 114 Glenn Highway. Hike up a creek 1,000 feet and the cairns on the right mark the trailhead.

Need to Know

This is not an easy hike. The steep, difficult-to-navigate nature of this trail comes from a 1,500-foot stair climb. Once onto the broad midsection, the trail disappears into the muskeg.

Description

This is a moderately difficult hike with long, steep sections with a magnificent mid-level shelf that is grassy with Tolkien-esque creek and landscape. Part of the landscape is a 5,000-foot high marsh in spring and early summer. The 'gunsight' is off to the right of the summit and broad enough for a bus. Mountain goats can be seen on neighboring Sheep Mountain. Grizzly bear scat also can be seen thanks to the high number of ground squirrel colonies and abundant blueberries.

Flora & Fauna

Dwarf fireweed, blueberries.

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Shared By:

John Pagel

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