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.
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.
THING TO DO
Hike Towards Cowgill Benches
7 and Older
There are bears in the area so children should be accompanied by adults.
Yes with Restrictions
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
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.
Spring, Summer, Fall
Time of Day
Day, Dawn, Dusk
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