Ptarmigan Valley Trail

Birchwood, Alaska

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Though mostly a land of open tundra and jagged mountains, Chugach State Park also boasts acres of verdant forests. You’ll find these in spades on the Ptarmigan Valley Trail, a gentle walk through a boreal forest teeming with moose, porcupine, wolverines, jays, warblers, and a multitude of other winged and four-legged creatures. Designed for snowmobilers, the trail is kept wide and free of brush. After winding along a hillside for about 4 miles, it enters the upper Ptarmigan Valley (also called Little Peters Creek Valley), where you can hop onto a high ridge if you want a view. The true charm of this trail, however, lies in the woods themselves—dark, dense, and vibrant.

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"Though mostly a land of open tundra and jagged mountains, Chugach State Park also boasts acres of verdant forests. You’ll find these in spades on the Ptarmigan Valley Trail, a gentle walk through a boreal forest teeming with moose, porcupine, wolverines, jays, warblers, and a multitude of other winged and four-legged creatures.

Designed for snowmobilers, the trail is kept wide and free of brush. After winding along a hillside for about 4 miles, it enters the upper Ptarmigan Valley (also called Little Peters Creek Valley), where you can hop onto a high ridge if you want a view. The true charm of this trail, however, lies in the woods themselves—dark, dense, and vibrant."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Birchwood
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 2,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1 to 6 hours
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage B-7
Driving Directions: Directions to Ptarmigan Valley Trail

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May 2018