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Ptarmigan Creek Trail, Alaska

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Distance: 6.5 miles


This trail takes you along creek bottom, up along a divide that lets you witness Alaska's glorious skyline, and finally to the quintessential Alaska Lake.

This is now one of my favorite hikes.  You just get to see so much topographical diversity.   I don't know, it may have just been the weather or my mood, but the day was fantastic.   You start out along a creek's bottom that is running so clear you could litterly see every pebble at the bottom.  You work your way around your new "friend" listening to its chatter, until you break up into the higher grounds.   At that point you could keep on going to Ptarmigan Lake or take a left and go to Falls Creek.  I opted for the lake.  Well the skyline opens up, and this was truly one of Alaska's best weather days (so far).  Blue skies and no wind.  The Chugach mountains just looming in the distance.   There tops still snow-capped, and they probably will be throughout this summer.   At mile 4, you hit the lake.   This had to be the most beautiful lake I have been to in a while.  The waters were really sheltered there in the saddle of two moutains, so there were no waves.  The time of day that I arrived led to prolific reflection upon her waters.   I could have been in a kaleidoscope.  The water aqua-blue, so clear you could see the tinely little teal duck's legs paddle back and forth as they went swimming by.   Here is where I will stop the next time, I come.  I don't think I will feel the need to go to the other side of the lake.  It is an additional 3 miles down the trail, and this trail becomes primitive.  Lots of bushwacking.   Still the views were tremendous.

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