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

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Trail Creek Route

large rock and snow-covered mountain towering over a narrow green valley
Spectacular views await hikers along Trail Creek.
A. Lindholm
 

Maps: USGS 1:63 360 Series Topographic Map Lake Clark C3 & D3 & D2

Access: Fly in to Telaquana Lake. Fly out from a variety of other lakes, such as Turquoise or Twin Lakes.

Time: 3-5 days

Difficulty: Moderate trail-less hiking over rolling alpine tundra, steep rocky passes, and glacier travel.

Highlights: Spectacular mountain scenery, opportunities for adventure and solitude.

Hazards: Potential river crossings. Glacier travel required.

Route: Begin along the south shore of Telaquana Lake and head south to the Trail creek drainage. Trail creek is alpine country that turns into rocky glacial moraine. Watch out for lose boulders as you climb up the steep rocky pass and descend down the steeper and rockier north side of the pass. You'll emerge onto a wide glacier that is one of the most gentle glaciers in the park. If you follow the glacier downhill, then walk along the river that emerges from it, you will end up at Turquoise Lake.

 

Did You Know?

A glacier in Lake Clark's Neacola mountains.

The glaciers of the last ice age retreated from Lake Clark National Park and Preserve 14,000 years ago, and the earliest archeological evidence of people in the park is about 10,000 years old.