Ptarmigan Creek Trail - INHT

Area Status: Open

The Ptarmigan Creek Trail is a segment of the longer Iditarod National Historic Trail (INHT).

3.5 mile hiking trail from Ptarmigan Creek Campground to Ptarmigan Lake. The first mile is level along the forested banks of Ptarmigan Creek. It then climbs, sometimes steeply, to an open mountainside of meadows and brush with views of nearby mountains. The trail goes up and down following the hillside high above the creek then descends to the west end of Ptarmigan Lake, a long, narrow, glacial lake hemmed in by steep mountains.  

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At a Glance

Usage: Medium
Restrictions: Closed to motorized vehicles May 1- November 30. Closed to pack/saddle stock April 1- June 30. Not recommended for bicycles, horses, or snowmobiles.

General Information


At mile 23 Seward Highway turn east into Ptarmigan Creek Campground. Turn right to trailhead parking area.

Recreation Map

Map showing recreational areas. Map Information


Dispersed Camping

Designated backcountry campsites at Ptarmigan Lake with bear resistant food locker and pit toilet.

Lake and Pond Fishing

Dolly Varden in Ptarmigan Lake. See ADF&G regulatations.

River and Stream Fishing

Dolly Varden and Rainbow Trout in Ptarmigan Creek. See ADF&G regulations.

Day Hiking

3.4 miles to Ptarmigan Lake. First mile level along Ptarmigan Creek. Remainder up and down through forest and open mountainside.

Difficulty Level: Intermediate to Difficult


Camping at Ptarmigan lake and along Ptarmigan Lake Trail. 14 miles round trip to far end of lake.

Difficulty Level: More Difficult

Viewing Wildlife

Red sockeye salmon run in late August can be viewed along the first mile of trail.

Recreation Areas

Recreation Activities


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