Experience Wilderness in Hope Creek Valley

rocky peaks emerge from the clouds in a dramatic valley

Off-Track Adventure
This unmaintained trail is a gateway to thousands of acres of wilderness ideal for an adventure on foot. The trail fades away after several miles. Beyond there, it opens up for you to forge your own path through one of the many side valleys, or spend a relaxed day wandering alongside Hope Creek. You can also use the Hope Creek route as a starting point for a longer route over one of the many passes in this area of Lake Clark National Park and Preserve.

Ranger Recommendationsa dirt path through low brush above a lake with mountains in the background
For a satisfying, strenuous hike, continue on the trail past rocky ravines and gentle ridges to explore Hope Creek Valley. After the established trail fades away, there is plenty of excellent hiking to be enjoyed through trailless low brush and alpine terrain. Be sure to bring appropriate rain gear, snacks and water, and navigation tools. Keep an eye out for Dall's sheep on the ridges and mountainsides above the trail.

“The more I see as I sit here among the rocks, the more I wonder about what I am not seeing.”

― Richard Proenneke, One Man's Wilderness: An Alaskan Odyssey
Hike as far as you would like before returning to Upper Twin Lake. This could be a leisurely, family-friendly stroll or an all day epic endeavor into Hope Creek Valley.
There are bears in the area so children should be accompanied by adults. Beyond Cowgill Benches, some sections of the trail are moderately steep and may be difficult to navigate with scree and vegetation in the trail.
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 ascends steeply in some areas. The surface can be muddy and slippery, with some roots and vegetation in the path and some sections of unstable scree. After about two miles, the trail fades away into alpine terrain. 

Last updated: October 10, 2017