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Cantata Peak Professional Review and Guide
"Cantata Peak, one of the more imposing mountains in Chugach State Park, is not an easy climb. It involves a long approach hike, some difficult scrambling, and extensive routefinding. For competent and experienced Chugach scramblers, though, it’s a rewarding trip. Cantata can be climbed in a day from South Fork Trailhead, though routefinding challenges on the upper mountain make it sensible to start early. Most hikers will prefer to camp near Eagle Lake and devote 2 days to the climb.Take a good look at the route before pressing onward, as it is easy and potentially dangerous to get lost in the maze of small gullies high on the mountain. Look for a prominent notch about two-thirds of the way up the western ridge. This is a key landmark—here you’ll be forced to abandon the ridge and cut across the mountain’s southern slopes."
--Shane Shepherd & Owen Wozniak, 50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park (The Mountaineers Books).
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