Mount Eklutna and Bear Mountain

Anchorage, Alaska

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Mount Eklutna and Bear Mountain, tiered hills above the town of Peters Creek, sit at the tip of a ridge stretching from the heart of the park like emissaries to civilization. Neither mountain is heavily traveled, yet both are easily reached. The Mount Eklutna Trail meanders through a lupine-filled meadow, then climbs a sculpted ridge to the summit. Bear Mountain is a shorter but less pleasant hike, steep and eroded in some sections. Nevertheless, it sees a steady trickle of locals eager to visit the peak towering so dramatically above their community.

Mount Eklutna and Bear Mountain Professional Review and Guide

"Mount Eklutna and Bear Mountain, tiered hills above the town of Peters Creek, sit at the tip of a ridge stretching from the heart of the park like emissaries to civilization. Neither mountain is heavily traveled, yet both are easily reached.

The Mount Eklutna Trail meanders through a lupine-filled meadow, then climbs a sculpted ridge to the summit. Bear Mountain is a shorter but less pleasant hike, steep and eroded in some sections. Nevertheless, it sees a steady trickle of locals eager to visit the peak towering so dramatically above their community."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 5.5
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 3 to 5 hours
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage B-7
Driving Directions: Directions to Mount Eklutna and Bear Mountain

Recent Trail Reviews

5/28/2007
1

A Little steep, but the views were wonderful. Not very busy, only saw 2 other groups on the trail. Was still a little muddy, but not bad. Overall, an enjoyable hike that will be done again.


3/15/2006
1

Great hike anytime of year. The snow was affected by the high winds we recently had. Snow varies from wind deposited powder to hard bullet proof wind blown snow. Trail easy to follow. A loop is possible by linking bear mtn with the lower north west ridgeline over to another small rise and then down the ridge to a small trail going down a small bowl into a gully, down into the woods and comes out on the main trail a couple hundred yards from the trail head. The loop can be done in either direction. The reverse of the description above is my favorite way.



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May 2018