Snow Hawk Valley and Temptation Peak

Anchorage, Alaska

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Though surrounded on three sides by Chugach State Park, Snow Hawk Valley actually belongs to the United States Army. It’s a wilderness area, with an excellent hiking trail leading through the underbrush and into the upper valley. Call the military police to confirm access and make sure no military maneuvers are being performed in the area. Be respectful of any U.S. military personnel you may encounter and be aware that you are hiking at your own risk. Uncle Sam has built two small cabins in Snow Hawk Valley, one tucked among birches and a second high on the open valley floor. There’s a lot to see in this expansive valley, but the best destinations are the upper Snow Hawk Cabin (a squat little shelter seemingly dropped at random in the middle of the tundra) and Temptation Peak with its stunning tarn.

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"Though surrounded on three sides by Chugach State Park, Snow Hawk Valley actually belongs to the United States Army. It’s a wilderness area, with an excellent hiking trail leading through the underbrush and into the upper valley. Call the military police to confirm access and make sure no military maneuvers are being performed in the area. Be respectful of any U.S. military personnel you may encounter and be aware that you are hiking at your own risk.

Uncle Sam has built two small cabins in Snow Hawk Valley, one tucked among birches and a second high on the open valley floor. There’s a lot to see in this expansive valley, but the best destinations are the upper Snow Hawk Cabin (a squat little shelter seemingly dropped at random in the middle of the tundra) and Temptation Peak with its stunning tarn."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 17
Elevation Gain: 5,100 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 10 to 14 hours (or overnight)
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A-7, Anchorage A-8
Driving Directions: Directions to Snow Hawk Valley and Temptation Peak

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May 2018