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Hanging Valley Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Off the main trail to Eagle Lake lies Hanging Valley, named for its striking geologic origin. A hanging valley is created when a glacier retreats up a large valley (in this case South Fork Eagle River), leaving smaller side valleys still filled with glacial tongues. As these smaller glaciers retreat, they leave U-shaped valleys with floors higher than that of the main valley. The smaller valleys therefore appear to “hang” halfway up the sides of a larger valley. Chugach State Park boasts many such hanging valleys, but few are as accessible as this one. An easy trail leads through the valley to an isolated tarn and climbs to a high point on the valley wall. Such a quiet and beautiful place, so near a trailhead, is a rarity."
--Shane Shepherd & Owen Wozniak, 50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park (The Mountaineers Books).
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