Round Top and Black Tail Rocks

Eagle River, Alaska

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A panoramic view from Mount Redoubt volcano to Denali (Mount McKinley) rewards the hiker who makes the steep climb to Round Top’s summit. All around are the Chugach Mountains, including Bold Peak in the Eklutna area, the high Chugach behind it, and Eagle and Polar Bear Peaks in the Eagle River area. This day trip takes the urban dweller into an alpine wonderland. Two approaches are possible: via Meadow Creek and via the Ptarmigan Valley Trail. Meadow Creek offers the most elevation gain by car but crosses private land; call Chugach State Park for current access information The Ptarmigan Valley Trail is longer, gains more elevation on foot, and offers pleasant forest at its lower end.

Round Top and Black Tail Rocks Professional Review and Guide

"A panoramic view from Mount Redoubt volcano to Denali (Mount McKinley) rewards the hiker who makes the steep climb to Round Top’s summit. All around are the Chugach Mountains, including Bold Peak in the Eklutna area, the high Chugach behind it, and Eagle and Polar Bear Peaks in the Eagle River area.

This day trip takes the urban dweller into an alpine wonderland. Two approaches are possible: via Meadow Creek and via the Ptarmigan Valley Trail. Meadow Creek offers the most elevation gain by car but crosses private land; call Chugach State Park for current access information The Ptarmigan Valley Trail is longer, gains more elevation on foot, and offers pleasant forest at its lower end."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Eagle River
Distance: 13
Elevation Gain: 5,000 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 6-10 hours
Season: June-Sept
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Round Top and Black Tail Rocks

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May 2018