Nice sunny summer evening from the Rabbit Creek approach.
Hiked in foggy, wet conditions. Sketchy near the top
Ptarmigan is a great, get in shape climb early in the season. You can easily climb it from the trail head and back in an evening. I've climbed the W. Ridge various time, which in my opinion is super classic. I'm also wound my way up the S. Couloir a couple times and have reached the summit block via the N. Ridge (a class4 route). The E. Peak is taller and more difficult, but can be scrambled on the south side easiest.
Oh! And I prefer to bike in via the Powerline trail, which makes a 4 hour trip to the summit and back very possible. Plus it's fun biking the downhill back towards Glen Alps.
Climbed west side, skied classic S-Couloir in great conditions.
With Wesley, North Carolina mountaineer extraordinaire. Stormy all around, making for some dramatic views. This was my first time on the east summit, though I'd been on the west a few times.
For east summit, also Sept. 18, 2010 and Jan. 26, 2014.
what a fun couloir that calls from most anywhere in Anchorage. Beats hoofing it up scree for a summer route.
Fun hike- the south side is a walk-up, but it would be more fun in winter.
I nice ski in beautiful weather and good snow!
I biked from Alaska Pacific U. to South Bivouac TH, then followed Upper Gasline Trail to Prospect Heights TH, then connected with the Powerline Trail until the saddle that leads up to Ptarmigan. This took 1hour 50 min, I then ditched the bike and hoofed it up to the summit of Ptarmigan over a mixed bag of loose rock and a couple of inches of snow up high. The memorial at the top was sobering, spent five minutes on the summit, due to weather and unease at being solo, then dropped down off the summit to the pass and then my bike on Powerline Trail. The hike took 2 hours 57 min round trip. The ride back to Anchorage was world class, I felt like I was going downhill forever as I dropped down to sea level.....Roundtrip out and back under six and half hours....... I felt like I'd summited Ptarmigan in great style.... what fun is it when you drive to the trailhead?
Climbed solo to the western summit in June 1985.
I climbed the eastern summit with Debby Hollins in August 1987 via Rabbit Creek Valley to the southeast ridge and descending to Ptarmigan Pass.
I returned to the west summit on June 13, 2005, leading a Mountaineering Club of Alaska group to the top.
I led a MCA trip with Ed Colvin to the western summit on July 6, 2006.
I led a MCA trip with Theo Hunt, John Recktenwald, and Kristyna Branum to both summits on August 9, 2007.
One of the most visible peaks from Anchorage and a 'must climb.' Beautiful views, challenges at times, just great fun overall. I'll run out there and climb it again someday.