Prominently visible from downtown Anchorage, a climb up Wolverine Peak offers gorgeous views of the Chugach front range as a reward for a taxing hike!

The hike up Wolverine Peak is a rugged, steep route through the exposed Chugach alpine. Starting from the Basher Drive trailhead, the proximity to Anchorage suburbs belies the difficulty of the trail that awaits. On a clear day, winds can hurtle over the ridgeline from the east fighting you every step to the top. Or clouds and rain can roll in with surprising speed, shutting off views as temperatures plummet. Be prepared.

The parking area off of Basher Drive offers room for roughly a dozen cars, and is rarely filled. Start hiking on the obvious footpath above Campbell Creek, before reaching a fork. Stay left as clearly marked by the signpost, towards Wolverine Peak and Near Point. At the next junction, keep right to begin the climb towards Wolverine. It won't be long before you break above treeline and views of Anchorage open up to the west.

Now the summit is within view. Steep hiking leads directly up the ridgeline towards the prominent goal. You may already have awesome views at this point, but the vantage from the summit is still worth the effort.

Reaching the upper ridgeline and the summit block, Williwaw Lakes and Long Lake flank the jagged spine extending to the east. Other front range summits beckon for future adventures. When you've had enough of the wind and view, head back along the same trail, or loop back along the ridge to Rusty Point, for another great vantage of Anchorage. 

Pack List

  • Daypack with:
    • 2 water bottles
    • Camera
    • Rain Jacket
    • Rain Pants
    • Snacks
    • Warm Layers
    • Sunglasses and sunscreen
  • Sturdy Hiking Boots
  • Warm hiking layers
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RT Distance 8 Miles
Activities Photography, Running, Hiking
Skill Level Intermediate
Season Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back


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Front country awesomeness

The trail is in really great shape for a Chugach state park trail. It’s also easy to track in the alpine year round. Some hearty souls leave good winter tracks. You can also access this from prospect hikes but it adds about 2 miles RT.

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