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black Flattop - Ptarmigan Route

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3.7 mile 6.0 kilometer point to point
64% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 2,533' 772 m
Descent: -1,010' -308 m
High: 5,022' 1,531 m
Low: 3,342' 1,019 m

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Avg Grade: 18% (10°)
Max Grade: 90% (42°)

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A ridgeline route to the summit of Ptarmigan Peak.

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Ptarmigan Peak is #92 out of the 120 Chugach State Park Peaks as listed on Peakbagger.com and is the first true summit on the Flattop ridgeline at 4,910'. It is infamously known in the area for taking several lives, all (most?) of which occurred on mountaineering routes to the summit. The route shown here is fairly straightforward, as small cairns mark the trail up to Ptarmigan Peak.

From the top of Flattop Mountain, follow the ridge southeast across Peak 2, Peak 3, and Flaketop, before dropping down to Ptarmigan Pass.

At the base of the west approach to Ptarmigan Peak, you'll notice a human trail that leads you up the west ridge. At about 4,400', the trail heads toward the south face of the peak, which is marked by small cairns. And after a few hundred feet of traversing, you'll notice a faint trail leading up to the summit.

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