Hike to Pepper peak and Peak 5150 at Eklutna

  • April 27, 2014 · 10:00 AM
  • Eklutna Lake

What: Hike to Pepper peak(5450 ft), Peak 5150, and East Twin Pass (4450 ft).  Total elevation gain 4600' over 8.7 miles.

This was a great hike!  The views are incredible!  And they get better and better as you reach the peak.  You’ll get great views of Eklutna Lake, both branches of Eklutna Glacier, Twin Peaks, and the surrounding Chugach Mountains. 

You’ll work for the views as the entire hike is uphill, but anybody in reasonably good shape should be able to get to the top if they pace themselves. There are many switchbacks to help you reach the summit.  If necessary, there are plenty of great overlooks to stop at.  The actual Pepper Peak trail looks like it ends at an overlook1/3 the way up. Start walking up through the scrub till you pick up the trail again.  The trail starts at the second bench, or the end of the Twin Peaks main trail.  Head up the trail on your right.   

BRING:
-- Ski/ trekking poles (optional but very helpful)

-- Rain Gear, Wind shell and wind pants
-- Dress in non-cotton layers so you can shed or add clothes as temps change
-- Water & trail snacks.. There are no water sources on the trail

DOGS:
Yes

There is  a $5 parking fee (bring exact amount) or State Parks pass.

Abe -[masked]


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  • Abi

    Ah, looks amazing! Sad that I missed out. How long did the whole hike take?

    April 28, 2014

    • sara

      It was Awesome! And it took us about 5 hours and 45 minutes (including breaks) to do the whole thing

      April 28, 2014

  • Abe

    What a great group to one-up the awesome weather we had! We took basically the same route we took back in September, but we had really good glissading snow down the gully. The twin peaks trail up to the first bench is clear and dry; up to the last bench was mostly mud with some snow towards the end of the trail. The trail up to Pepper had a little bit of snow depending on the route and the ridge was mostly snow-free along the trail. Thanks everybody!

    April 28, 2014

  • Ryan R.

    Great hike, beautiful day, fun people. Thanks to all for the ride and extending the day with food, beer and great company. See you all soon I hope.

    April 27, 2014

  • Nicole L

    Woohoo! What a beautiful day for a hike with fun loving people and dogs too!!!! Can't wait to go back to eklutna!!!

    April 27, 2014

  • Shaun E. S.

    Finished and got home safely.

    April 27, 2014

  • Karen

    What a great hike... thanks Abe. Weather: severe clear:)

    April 27, 2014

  • Kathryn K.

    Thanks for organizing Abe - excellent job on the weather!

    April 27, 2014

  • catherine

    Decided to switch to wolverine hike closer to home..running late so can't possibly make it there by 10

    April 27, 2014

  • Abi

    Decided not to go on this one today. Have fun and be safe everyone. Was nice meeting a lot of you yesterday. :)

    April 27, 2014

  • catherine

    Will meet at trailhead

    April 27, 2014

  • Abe

    If anybody wants to carpool from Anchorage, let me know. We can meet at the Fred Meyer on Northern Lights at Seward at 8:50. We will leave promptly at 9.

    April 22, 2014

    • Kenton C.

      Farthest from fred meyer you can get by the road

      April 27, 2014

    • Kenton C.

      Im not sure if i am carpooling with laura or not.

      April 27, 2014

  • Ryan R.

    I am unexpectedly in town for the day. The hike sounds great and I am looking for a rental car. If anyone drives by the Sheraton on 6th and can offer a ride in exchange for beer pizza etc please call me at[masked] thanks. Ryan

    April 27, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    My plans changed a hit and I'm gonna have to hold this hike off till later, but I bet it will be awesome!

    April 26, 2014

  • Janetta

    Thinking I would rather do this in the summer - have fun guys.

    April 26, 2014

  • Abe

    Everybody please be prepared for windy and snowy conditions. Its pretty nice in town but it was really windy and snowy on the hidden lake hike today.

    April 26, 2014

    • Abe

      Ie. Bring kahtoolas, gaiters...everything you would bring for a winter hike.

      April 26, 2014

  • sara

    I can carpool .. I'm coming from the hillside if anyone needs a ride .. Have room for 2 others

    April 25, 2014

    • Teena

      I'm going to skip this hike. Thanks for the carpool offer

      April 26, 2014

    • Yonge

      I don't need carpool from anchorage, but I need carpool to anchorage. Do you still have room?

      April 26, 2014

  • Abe

    Anchorage carpoolers should just meet at fred Meyer on NL and Seward.

    April 26, 2014

  • A former member
    A former member

    Anyone know if the lake is thawed out already?

    April 26, 2014

  • catherine

    I would like to carpool as well if possible

    April 25, 2014

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