Bright & Bleak - Bike to Hike

  • July 12 · 8:00 AM
  • Eklutna Lake

Bright Peak (5875 ft)
Bleak Peak (5430 ft)

23 miles RT, 7300 feet elevation gain.

Located above Eklutna Lake, Bright & Bleak are 2 of the 120 true summits in the Chugach.  Bagging these peaks will require backcountry skills, routefinding abilities, and comfort with scree & scrambling.  This is NOT an easy hike, but neither is it technical.  There isn't a trail leading you to the summits.  Only people in great physical condition should participate.

We will carpool from Carrs Muldoon to Eklutna Lake, or meet at the lake.  We'll bike about 5 miles on the Lakeside Trail to the Bold Ridge Overlook Trail, where we'll stash and lock our bikes.  From there it's backcountry travel. Some scrambling and scree is involved, but most of the ridge traverse is over gradual terrain and on sheep trails. 

According to Trond, "Bright peak was a pleasant surprise.  I decided to climb the southwest ridge.  This was a fun ridge with great views overlooking the tundra below.  The ridge ended with a gully and exit crack leading to the summit ridge.  I didn't know if the exit crack was passable until I was about 50 yards away.  It turned out to be a fun little scramble."

If there's time, we'll attempt to get to a 3rd true summit, Yudikench Peak (5732 ft).

If you have questions beyond this description, please do your own research.  These peaks are not written up in hiking guide books. 

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  • Marianna

    This hike was fantastic. Absolutely amazing day out there on the trail with gorgeous views, great company, ridge line galore, peak summited and amazing weather. Thanks Jennifer for putting together such a great day!!

    1 · July 20

  • Patti P.

    Was a late night for reporting! We did get to see the Supermoon rising over the Chugach coming home. Truly amazing! I also had a snag in the website accepting my post and didn't stay glued to the computer to make sure it posted...

    July 14

    • Greg P.

      Late indeed. I saw the epic super moon rising over the Suicide peaks. ;)

      July 14

  • Greg P.

    Thanks for your reports. Would be even nicer to get same-day reports on these killer hikes, so we know you survived. :-)

    July 14

    • Jennifer D.

      Got home from this hike at midnight, had another hike to lead in the morning.

      July 14

  • Patti P.

    Fantastic day with incredible 360º views of Bold Peak, Eklutna Lake, Knik River and Glacier, many other glaciers and the high mountains beyond. Loved the rock glaciers. GPS tracked a 15.25 mi hike plus a 10 mi RT bike to/from the TH. Thanks for a great day!

    1 · July 14

  • Jennifer D.

    The day ended up being Bright, not Bleak. A huge 14 hour day. Awesome female power!

    1 · July 14

  • Mike M

    I'm interested in this but can't do it this weekend. I'd likely sign up for next weekend though.

    July 9

    • Jennifer D.

      I can't do next weekend, nor the following weekend.

      July 10

    • Mike M

      So it goes. It's often difficult to coordinate schedules during busy AK summers.

      July 10

  • Paul M O.

    This looks amazing! I wish I could go.

    July 10

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