• Autumn photo of Lake Clark and the Aleutian Range in Lake Clark National Park & Preserve

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Low Pass Route

two people walking alongside a lake shore, with cloud-covered mountains in the distance
Hiking the shoreline of Upper Twin Lake
NPS Photo / A. Lindholm
 

Maps: USGS 1:63 360 series topographic Lake Clark C3

Access: Fly in and out of Upper Twin Lake.

Time: 1-3 days

Difficulty: Moderate trail-less hiking around brushy lake shore then climbing into alpine terrain closer to the pass.

Highlights: Spectacular views of mountains and lakes.

Hazards: Use caution when sidehilling steep scree field. Be alert to wildlife when hiking through brush.

Notes:There are many places to camp in the Low Pass area.

Route description: Route begins from the Proenneke site and follows the lake shore east for about 3 miles. You should be able to discern which drainage will lead to Low Pass because it's the most significant one in the vicinity allowing you to head south from the lake. From the lake shore, select a route that appears least brushy. You may be able to string together a series of meadows to avoid much of the brush. You can stay on the left side of the creek and follow the tundra ridge to the pass. This route crosses a couple steep scree slopes. Alternatively, you can drop into the creek bottom and head up to the pass. Low Pass is very gentle and is surrounded by sweeping alpine tundra. There are many side drainages and ridges to explore. Heading east can lead you over a pass into the Hope Creek valley (see Hope Creek route description).

 

Did You Know?

A dog team in winter. Photo courtesy of Guy Groat.

As recently as the 1960s, dog team travel was still the best way to get around Lake Clark country in the winter. Snowmobiles are more common now, but many people still keep sled dogs.