Hike To Teetering Rock

a large boulder balanced on a hillside with mountains and a lake in the background
Teetering Rock, perched above Proenneke's cabin and Upper Twin Lake, is an excellent spot for a short hike. NPS Photo/ M. Tankersley

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Take the Teetering Rock trail to survey the wilderness surrounding you in every direction at Twin Lakes. Perched at the edge of Hope Creek Valley with astonishing views of Upper Twin Lake and the nearby mountains and tundra, Teetering Rock is a glacial erratic, or large boulder left behind by a long-gone glacier. Richard Proenneke walked this trail often during his days in Lake Clark National Park and Preserve, considering it his "daily constitutional," say long-time park volunteers.

Ranger Recommendation

If you have some extra time after visiting the Richard L. Proenneke cabin, hike up to Teetering Rock to reflect on the life and beliefs of this wilderness icon in one of his favorite spots. Be sure to appropriate rain and bear safety equipment with you, as well as snacks and water. This is a great activity for families and wilderness lovers alike.

views of colorful mountains and trees reflected in a calm lake"Teetering Rock- they had never seen anything like it and estimate it to weight as much as 10 ton. To start it rocking with light pressure of one hand was pretty remarkable."

~ Richard L. Proenneke, August 5, 1981 An unpublished quote from the archived journals.

Take a quick hike up the path or spend some time savoring the stunning views in every direction on this short excursion.
There are bears in the area so children should be accompanied by adults. Some sections of the trail are moderately steep.
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 or by boat from Lower Twin Lake.
Accessibility Information
The trail ranges from one to two feet in width, and ascends about 400 feet in roughly 3/4 of a mile. The surface can be muddy and slippery, with some roots and vegetation in the path.

Last updated: October 10, 2017