Alaska September 22, 2019
Follow The Glacial Fed Stream To A Hidden Lake On Ptarmigan Lake Trail In Alaska
If you’re looking for a fantastic hike outside of Seward, Alaska, Ptarmigan Lake Trail is a beautiful hike that follows a glacial fed stream to a hidden lake in the Chugach Mountains. This hike will impress the whole family, and everyone will enjoy the views!
If you're looking for a moderately easy hike that has great views and is perfect for the whole family, Ptarmigan Lake Trail is a great trail to take.
The trailhead is located in the Ptarmigan Creek Campground Day Use parking area. It's right off the Seward highway, only a short drive from Seward.
The trail follows the beautiful Ptarmigan Creek.
Its blue waters provide a lovely view as you're hiking along the 6.8 mile out and back trail. Because most of the trail follows along the creek, there's little elevation gain.
The whole trail is only 1,056 feet of elevation gain.
This does provide some beautiful views across the Chugach Mountain Range! But nothing too strenuous, and most of the trail is very easy.
In fact, there's even beautiful boardwalks over the more uneven and wet areas.
There are also small bridges over creek overflow areas. The entire trail is well maintained by the USDA Forest Service.
When you reach Ptarmigan Lake, there's a gorgeous little beach area for you to enjoy a picnic and the views.
You could even camp out here if you wanted to, as there is a nice level area by the waters. Some campers have even left a lovely little fire pit area and nice logs to sit on.
The trail is well loved, even in the winter time.
Just throw on your warmest hiking boots and brave the weather for gorgeous white views. Even when the lake is frozen over, the mountain range behind it has some peaks topping over 6,000 feet high that provide stunning scenery for the hike.
Whenever you choose to do this lovely day hike, you'll enjoy it.
Enjoy the many beavers in the lake, or the promise of wildlife nearby. Make sure to be bear aware, as it is bear country! Practice safety by making noise and carrying bear spray. But mostly remember to have a great time on this fantastic hike.
Have you ever hiked the lovely Ptarmigan Lake Trail? What did you think? Was it fun? Let us know in the comments below!
After your hike, make sure to head over and
Enjoy One Of The Best Crab Omelets In Alaska In The Victorian Lounge Inside Hotel Seward!