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Williwaw and Koktoya

On clear days, our backyard--the Chugach Front Range--beckons like the world’s greatest wilderness playground. Peaks stretch from tidewater to hanging glaciers, providing views from the Alaska Range to the Kenai Peninsula. Sheep browse lichen on escarpments and talus fields. An intricate network of ridgelines and valleys invite hikers to spend every last long hour of daylight in alpine exploration.
Such delightful weather is a perfect time to climb Mount Williwaw, a 5,445 foot peak that is the highest in the Chugach Front Range. Williwaw presides over the grand arc of peaks that cradle Anchorage. From her summit, tarns like a string of pearls drop down alpine terraces to the high forks of Campbell Creek. A stubborn remnant glacier clings to Williwaw’s north face, and looms over a voluptuous garden of lichen and tundra-covered terrain below. Williwaw provides humbling views of the state park’s wilderness interior, stretching toward the headwaters of Bird and Ship creeks.
The approach…

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