Flute Glacier and Eagle Peak

Eagle River, Alaska

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Despite their proximity to popular Eagle Lake, the windswept glacial erratics, lichen fields, and meltwater rivulets of Flute Glacier Valley see few human visitors. Hikers exploring the 4-mile length of this valley will find easy walking, abundant room for camping, and the chance to walk right up to the base of a massive glacier. The truly adventurous might also find their way up Eagle Peak, a challenging scramble. While it’s possible to reach both Flute Glacier and Eagle Peak in 1 long day from South Fork Trailhead, most people will want to make this an overnight trip and camp out on Eagle Lake’s shores or halfway up Flute Glacier Valley.

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"Despite their proximity to popular Eagle Lake, the windswept glacial erratics, lichen fields, and meltwater rivulets of Flute Glacier Valley see few human visitors. Hikers exploring the 4-mile length of this valley will find easy walking, abundant room for camping, and the chance to walk right up to the base of a massive glacier.

The truly adventurous might also find their way up Eagle Peak, a challenging scramble. While it’s possible to reach both Flute Glacier and Eagle Peak in 1 long day from South Fork Trailhead, most people will want to make this an overnight trip and camp out on Eagle Lake’s shores or halfway up Flute Glacier Valley."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Eagle River
Distance: 20
Elevation Gain: 5,300 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 13 to 17 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 Flute Glacier and Eagle Peak

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May 2018