East Twin Pass

Butte, Alaska

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Follow the Twin Peaks Trail to tree line, and continue on a footpath through alpine tundra to East Twin Pass and a sudden, magnificent view over the Matanuska Valley to the Talkeetna Mountains. On the way up, shimmering Eklutna Lake is visible southward far below. The trail wraps around a broad ridge, leaving the lake vista behind, and climbs into a confined valley, with the dramatic rocky ramparts of the Twin Peaks containing the view until vistas break open again at the pass. With these peaks often in sight during the ascent, the hike is mysterious on gray days when clouds swirl around the summits. Chances of seeing Dall sheep are good, and the route crosses well-defined sheep trails near the pass, opening possibilities for easy traverses and further exploration of the upper bowl.

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"Follow the Twin Peaks Trail to tree line, and continue on a footpath through alpine tundra to East Twin Pass and a sudden, magnificent view over the Matanuska Valley to the Talkeetna Mountains. On the way up, shimmering Eklutna Lake is visible southward far below.

The trail wraps around a broad ridge, leaving the lake vista behind, and climbs into a confined valley, with the dramatic rocky ramparts of the Twin Peaks containing the view until vistas break open again at the pass. With these peaks often in sight during the ascent, the hike is mysterious on gray days when clouds swirl around the summits. Chances of seeing Dall sheep are good, and the route crosses well-defined sheep trails near the pass, opening possibilities for easy traverses and further exploration of the upper bowl."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Butte
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 4,250 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5-8 hours
Season: June-Sept
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park and Anchorage Watershed
Driving Directions: Directions to East Twin Pass

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