Hike Towards Cowgill Benches

a glassy lake surrounded by colorful mountains with a small boat on the water
Even on overcast days, Upper Twin Lake is a gorgeous sight. NPS Photo/M. Tankersley
Find Your Bliss in the Backcountry
For a quick, family-friendly hike, walk less than a mile up Hope Creek trail and take in the views of Upper Twin Lake, Hope Creek, and the surrounding peaks from Cowgill Benches. In season, there are abundant blueberries, crowberries, and lowbush cranberries at this peaceful spot. It was visited often by Richard Proenneke during his thirty years in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Ranger RecommendationHikers walk in the distance surrounded by lush green mountainsides
Be sure to bring adequate layers and rain gear, as the weather can change at a moment's notice. There are also bears and other wildlife in the area, so hike in groups if possible and review bear safety suggestions beforehand. In the fall, Dall's sheep may be visible on the high mountain slopes above Cowgill Benches. For a more strenous experience, continue up the trail through Hope Creek Valley.
There are bears in the area so children should be accompanied by adults.
Pets are allowed in the park and preserve. However, because Lake Clark is excellent bear and moose habitat it is strongly encouraged that you leave your pets at home. Pets must be leashed at all times.
Entrance fees may apply, see Fees & Passes information.
Upper Twin Lake is northeast of Port Alsworth, and is not on the road system. The lake can be accessed by float plane from many locations or by boat from Lower Twin Lake.
Accessibility Information
The trail ranges from one to two feet in width, and is moderately steep in some areas. The surface can be muddy and slippery, with some roots and vegetation in the path.

Last updated: October 10, 2017