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

    Lake Clark

    National Park & Preserve Alaska

Trail Creek Route

The view up Trail Creek.
Spectacular views await hikers along Trail Creek.
A. Lindholm

Maps: USGU 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?

Kijik National Historic Landmark is one of only 50 NHLs in the state of Alaska.

Kijik National Historic Landmark in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve contains the world's largest concentration of prehistoric and historic Dena'ina Athabascan houses.