Ptarmigan Peak

Anchorage, Alaska

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Ptarmigan Peak, a craggy pyramid rising behind popular Flattop Mountain, is perhaps the fiercest-looking mountain near Anchorage. Its most prominent feature, a steep north face perennially streaked white by a snow couloir, intimidates many would-be summiters. Despite this, the mountain actually makes for a pleasant visit. It’s known among the outdoor community as a scenic challenge that beginning climbers should attempt before earning their “Chugach legs.” The standard (and very safe) route avoids the couloir, instead climbing from the Powerline Trail past a windswept tarn, up scree slopes and a jumble of shallow gullies to the summit.
50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park

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50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park

by Shane Shepherd & Owen Wozniak (The Mountaineers Books)

Ptarmigan Peak, a craggy pyramid rising behind popular Flattop Mountain, is perhaps the fiercest-looking mountain near Anchorage. Its most prominent feature, a steep north face perennially streaked white by a snow couloir, intimidates many would-be summiters. Despite this, the mountain actually makes for a pleasant visit.

It’s known among the outdoor community as a scenic challenge that beginning climbers should attempt before earning their “Chugach legs.” The standard (and very safe) route avoids the couloir, instead climbing from the Powerline Trail past a windswept tarn, up scree slopes and a jumble of shallow gullies to the summit.

©  Shane Shepherd & Owen Wozniak/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 10
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 to 8 hours
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A-7, Anchorage A-8
Driving Directions: Directions to Ptarmigan Peak

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