Powerline Pass Trail

Powerline Pass
11 ml
5.5-6.5 hr
1935 ft

Best Time of Year: Jan 01 - Dec 31

Traverse this 11-mile point-to-point trail in Chugach State Park, near Anchorage. This slightly challenging route can take a full day to complete, however, hikers can also hike a few miles out and back for a shorter trek. Great for year-round multisport activities (walking, hiking, biking), snowshoeing, backpacking, and wildlife viewing. Powerline Pass to Hidden Lake is a beautiful trek on a sunny day. In the winter months, this trail is best during peak daylight hours when hikers can feel the sun hit their faces as the sun comes over the mountain peaks. On a clear day, you can see Denali Mountain from this trail. 

A stunning feature of this trail is the valley with looming mountain peaks on both sides and South Fork Campbell Creek running through it. Bridges along this trail are beautiful and fun to explore.  

Dogs: Welcome, on a leash.

Another great route is Powerline Pass to Hidden Lake.  

Access and Parking: This hike requires some pre-planning. Because of the distance and terrain, hikers should plan to be dropped off at the beginning and picked up at the end (or have vehicles on both ends.

Parking: All Chugach State Park trails require a day-use parking pass or parking decal. 

Warnings: During summer months, the Indian side of the trail can be known to have bear sightings. Hikers should know bear safety tips and bring bear spray.   

As with all trails in Alaska, hikers should be prepared, dress in layers, and bring plenty of water, snacks, sunscreen, a map of the area, bear spray, and a well-charged cell phone.

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