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Penguin Peak

Penguin Peak

Penguin Peak

Page Type: Mountain/Rock

Location: Alaska, United States, North America

Lat/Lon: 60.96610°N / 149.3732°W

Object Title: Penguin Peak

County: Anchorage

Activities: Hiking, Mountaineering

Season: Summer, Fall

Elevation: 4334 ft / 1321 m


Page By: rkymtn

Created/Edited: Oct 15, 2007 / Nov 7, 2007

Object ID: 347916

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Penguin Peak
Penguin Peak is located in the Chugach Mountains just off the Seward Highway along the Turnagain Arm. It is the dominant peak to the west of Girdwood and great views can be taken in on the way south from Anchorage – an excellent viewpoint is provided at the pullout around mile marker 104. Penguin Peak offers a mix of vegetation as you climb from boreal forest into tundra. Once high, great views are available across the Bird Creek Valley to the west and out onto the Turnagain Arm. This peak is a moderate climb, with an entertaining ridge to the true summit.

Getting There

Access to Penguin Peak begins at the Bird Creek Valley Trailhead located off the Seward Highway on Konikson Road.

From the north: Head south from Anchorage on the Seward Highway to Konikson Road. Konikson is located one mile from the Bird Creek Recreation Area just after mile marker 101 and 2/10 mile from the Essential 1 gas station.

From the south: Head north on the Seward Highway to Konikson Road. Konikson is located 10.3 miles from the Girdwood turnoff.

Once on Konikson Road, travel ½ mile down the road where it dead ends in a gravel parking area. Park here and continue on foot (see West Slopes route description).

Red Tape

Penguin Peak is located in Chugach State Park, however the trailhead parking does not require a fee like some others.


Bird Creek Campground is extremely close. The campground has 28 sites with picnic tables, fire pits, water, and latrines. The fee is $15 per night with a max limit of 7 nights.

Location: Southeast of Anchorage about 20 miles (Mile 101 Seward Highway).
To find it: On Seward Hwy., just east of Bird Creek Bridge, at mile 101.


External Links

Chugach State Park

Guide Books

50 Hikes in Alaska’s Chugach State Park by Shane Shepherd and Owen Wozniak