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Sharing a trailhead with [Tanalian Falls](https://fatmap.com/routeid/2740349/tanalian-falls), climbing the Tanalian Mountain Trail is one of the other classic day hikes from Port Alsworth in Lake Clark National Park.
The trail meanders uphill through vibrant spruce and birch forests, then emerges onto exposed tundra lined with beautiful summer wildflowers.
Dall Sheep can often be seen roaming mountainside, and a USGS benchmark greets you just below the summit.
Just over 4 miles one-way, the Tanalian awards stunning panoramic views stretching for miles in every direction. With the sun taking longer to set at these latitudes, watching the sunset from the 3,900' peak is absolutely mesmerizing—just remember beforehand to pack your headlamp for the return trip down.
Also, remember to bring plenty of water and sunscreen for those warmer days, and to layer appropriately for the unpredictable late-spring and early-fall weather.
May through October offers the best chance for favorable weather. Though the route begins with a gentle climb to Beaver Lake, it climbs steeply after.
The park suggests eight hours to complete the entire 8.5-mile round-trip trek, though a bench overlooking Beaver Pond could be the destination for a shorter out-and-back hike.
The trail is officially listed as dog-friendly, but the park highly recommends leaving your four-legged friends at home for this adventure.
More information about visiting Port Alsworth, including their pet policy, travel information, and a detailed map [can be found here](https://www.nps.gov/lacl/planyourvisit/day-hikes.htm). Sources: https://www.nps.gov/lacl/planyourvisit/ https://59in59.com/the-blog/2015/11/2/mount-tanalian https://www.alaska.org/detail/tanalian-mountain-trail