Hiking, Skiing, or/and Snowshoeing Ptarmingan Valley (10+ miles)

  • March 9, 2013 · 10:00 AM
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Let's explor the Ptarmigan Valley in Chugiak. Bring your classic or back country ski or/and Snowshoes.

I am going to bring both ski and snowshoes.  Never hike nor ski on this trail. I am going to ski as far as I can and try to snowshoe up to the ridge between Baldy and Backtrail Rocks.

The Ptarmigan Valley (also known as "Little Peters Creek") is open to snowmobiles and can be accessed from the trailhead off the Old Glenn Highway. Designed for snowmobilers, the trail is kept wide and free of brush. After winding along a hillside for about 4 miles, it enters the upper Ptarmigan Valley (also called Little Peters Creek Valley), where you can hop onto a high ridge if you want a view.
There are nice woodland views at lower elevations. Be sure to stay on the trails in these areas. There are also views of upper Cook Inlet and Eagle River from this area.
Plan to be out for 6-8 hours














Off the Old Glenn Highway (next to the Rural Discount Center, east side of the highway, one mile south of the Chugiak Senior Center).

-- Ski/trekking poles (optional but very helpful on the steep, slippery or icy areas)
-- Crampons or Kahtoola Ice Grippers


 -- Wind shell and wind pants
-- Dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothes as temps change
-- Water & trail snacks


COST: $5.00


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  • Kyong W

    It was nice a day to Hike ad Ski with young and energetic people!! yes, I was the olderest.... we hiked up to Baldy and skiied down to Ptarmingan valley. There was not much snow on the ridge between Baldy and Black trail rocks so we went all over the hill side for snow. Trail condition on the Ptarmingan Valley side was good, a very long down hill..... I walked some . Colin and Georgia skiied all th way down, they were good and brave. Thanks to adventurers!!

    March 9, 2013

  • ShaneD

    Probably not an issue out there, but just a reminder to be safe and look up !!



    March 8, 2013

  • Aze

    Something has come and I don't think I can make it on time. Enjoy the hike.

    March 8, 2013

  • Kyong W

    I am going to Hike to Baldy and ski down to Ptarmingan Valley. Snowshoes are welcome. I am not good on ski so I will walk and ski as I need.

    1 · March 8, 2013

  • Kyong W

    Thanks Lilli, I was thinking about that today too. I am not sure iI will be comfortable to ski down, too many small steep hills from the TH. I am up for Baldy to Ptarmingan Valley. Ski and hik.

    March 5, 2013

    • Lilli

      Yes the snow was wonderful off trail for skiing but some might find it too difficult especially in the trees so there's an option to just hike on the trail back on the way down especially

      March 6, 2013

  • Lilli

    Hi, y'all. Today Tim, Elaine and I skied from the Baldy saddle down the Ptarmigan Valley, which was really fun. I reccommend the route. The snow was excellent! You'll see our tracks. There was a snow machine that went up the valley.

    March 5, 2013

    • Kyong W

      I skiied up from the TH this afternoon and it was too difficult for me. I turned around at near 2 milie.

      March 5, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Volunteering at Special Olympics this weekend, so I won't be able to make this ski. Looks fun though.

    March 5, 2013

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