Ptarmigan Lake

Seward, Alaska 99664

Ptarmigan Lake

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Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Camping, ?shing, berries, and a beautiful glacially-fed lake are top reasons for hiking the Ptarmigan Lake Trail. A long, blue-green glacial lake set below the icy summit of Andy Simons Mountain, Ptarmigan Lake makes a fine family backpack trip, a fairly easy hike of 3.5 miles from the trailhead to the west shore of the lake.

The trail continues another 4 miles to the east end of the lake. If you aren’t up for a backpack trip, consider camping at the Ptarmigan Creek Campground and day hiking to the west end of the lake. Though the trail is popular, the lake still offers decent solitude. Watch and listen for moose, bears, and coyotes in the neighborhood."

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This trail goes along the river and is very scenic.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
3.5-7.5 miles
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Best June through early October
Season & Limits
Chugach National Forest, Seward Ranger District, PO Box 390, Seward, AK 99664; (907) 288-3178;
Local Contacts
USGS Seward B-7 and B-6; National Geographic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps

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