May 12, 2016
The Peters Creek trailhead, about 17 miles north of Anchorage, is the trailhead for the trail to Mount Eklutna. My trail guide reported that the trail was 5.25 miles, however my GPS reported 6 miles from start to finish.
This trail was easy to follow, however there was a lot of loose gravel towards the summit. Most of the elevation gained was in the last mile or so to the summit, so coming down from the summit was the part I found to be the most challenging.
Overall this was a fairly easy mountain to summit, and the views did not disappoint.
I had debated about taking the saddle over to Bear Mountain on the way back, but decided to stick the to same familiar trail instead. I will attempt the hike to Bear Mountain another day.
For more information I found the following websites helpful: