North Suicide Peak

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North Suicide Peak (5,065 ft.) Via the Rabbit Lake trailhead, southwest gully route: 5.6 miles each way, 3,340 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3s3+. My time: 6.5 hours round trip North Suicide Peak is a rugged 5,065-foot pyramid at the … Read More

Rainbow Peak

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Rainbow Peak (3,543 ft.) Turnagain Arm (south ridge) route: 5.2 miles round trip, 3,580 ft. elevation gain. Class 3- difficulty. My time: 4 hours I often think of Rainbow Peak as a kind of “Flattop for locals.” Both peaks are … Read More

McHugh Peak

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McHugh Peak Bear Valley route (North Ridge): 5.4 miles round trip, 2,300 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2s3+. My time: 2.5 hours Rabbit Creek routes (East Ridge): ~10 miles round trip, ~2,900 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2+s3+. My time: … Read More

Ptarmigan Peak

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Ptarmigan Peak (4,911 ft.) Via the Rabbit Lake trailhead: 7 miles round trip, 3,250 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3. My time: 3.5 hours Via the Glen Alps trailhead: 10 miles round trip, 3,140 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3 … Read More

Eagle Peak

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Eagle Peak (6,909 ft.) Route (coming soon): xx miles round trip, xx ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3+. My time: 14 hours Eagle Peak is a Chugach titan, soaring 6,909 feet over the South Fork and Eagle River valleys. Though … Read More

South Suicide Peak

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Anyone eager to start climbing Chugach peaks will quickly find their eyes on South Suicide. South Suicide is visible from many parts of Anchorage and down Turnagain Arm, and it’s accessible from multiple Chugach trailheads. From Rabbit Lake it has … Read More

Penguin Ridge

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Penguin Ridge Full ridge (Penguin to Abe’s Trail) ~15 miles one way, ~8,600 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 3. My time: Not yet verified Driving the Seward Highway between Anchorage and Girdwood, you can’t help but notice the long ridge … Read More

Wolverine Peak

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Wolverine Peak (4,491 ft.) Via Basher Trailhead: 8.6 miles round trip, 3,675 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2. My time: 4 hours Via Prospect Heights Trailhead: 9.3 miles round trip, 3,490 ft. elevation gain. Difficulty: Class 2. My time: 4 … Read More

Cantata Peak

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Cantata is one of the most recognizable big peaks in the Chugach, rising to 6,390 feet at the head of the well-traveled South Fork Eagle River valley. If you do a lot of hiking in the Chugach, it’s one of … Read More

Walk to Fire Island

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I’m not encouraging you to do this trip. It’s probably not entirely safe under any conditions, and if the idea that this trip is “no big deal” gets around, it could have potentially fatal consequences for unprepared hikers. With all … Read More