Cantata Peak

Eagle River, Alaska

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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.

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"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."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Eagle River
Distance: 17
Elevation Gain: 4,600 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 10 to 13 hours
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A-7, Anchorage B-7
Driving Directions: Directions to Cantata Peak

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May 2018