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50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park
by Shane Shepherd & Owen Wozniak (The Mountaineers Books)
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The trail is marked by a wooden post ("Penguin Peak") so it's impossible to miss. The trail is well-defined all the way to the microwave (radio) tower mentioned in the guide. This is not really a "moderate" hike, however; it is a strenuous and steep uphill grind until you get to the ridge. Some people like this kind of trail because you get to the scenic points very quickly (3200 foot elevation gain in about 1.5 miles), but others will find it to be exhausting. Either way, you can't possibly get lost and there's no bushwacking. If it has rained in the last few hours, this trail may be muddy and slippery. We tried it on a day when it had been cloudy all day after several weeks of rain, and it was mostly dry all the way to the top. The views are terrific.
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