USGS 1:63 360 series topographic Lake Clark C3 & C2
Fly in and out of Upper Twin Lake. A float or amphibious plane is required in order to land on Upper Twin Lake in the summer, as it does not have beaches suitable for a wheeled plane to land. Planes operating on wheels or skis may land on the lake in the winter if ice conditions are suitable.
1-2 days, depending on how much time you spend exploring or relaxing.
Gentle to moderate hiking on an unmaintained trail, then through trailless low brush and alpine terrain.
Spectacular views of mountains and lakes. Abundant blueberries, crowberries, and lowbush cranberries in season. Dall's sheep are sometimes visible on the high mountain slopes.
Wildlife including brown bear and black bear, mosquitoes and biting flies, and uneven terrain that can be slick when wet. It's possible to extend this route up and over a variety of passes. Passes can be very rocky and steep.
Campsites and Food Storage
The only places to camp along the Hope creek route are in the alpine tundra closer to the end of the valley. You will need to store your food and toiletry items in approved bear resistant canisters during this trip due to the lack of trees to hang food where suitable camping is available. Canisters can be rented for free at the park visitor center in Port Alsworth. You should also cook at least 100 yards away from your camp to avoid an association made by bears between your camp and your food. Please follow leave no trace ethics
and park rules and regulations
when choosing campsites, storing food, and building campfires.
Route begins on a trail from the Proenneke site leading up the Hope Creek Valley. The Hope Creek Valley is the significant drainage SE of the cabin. The trail fades away after a mile or two. Beyond the trail you'll encounter low brush and alpine hiking. It's possible to do this trip as an out and back, and there are numerous side valleys worth exploring. The Hope Creek Valley eventually climbs more steeply onto rocky moraine and onto a glacier at the head of the valley. You may also want to use the Hope Creek route as a starting point for a longer route that could utilize any number of passes to the west toward Low Pass (see Low Pass route description), southeast into the Upper Kijik drainage, or north into a drainage that flows back to Upper Twin Lake. These passes can be quite rocky and steep.