Eklutna Lakeside Trail

EASY 17 reviews

Eklutna Lakeside Trail is a 25.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anchorage, AK that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

25.6 miles 4046 feet Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

road biking

skiing

trail running

walking

horseback riding

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

Directions: Take the Eklutna Lake exit at Mile 26 on the Glenn Highway, and follow park signs ten miles to Eklutna Lake. The nearest town is Eagle River.

1 month ago

Not a bad trail, stroller friendly

mountain biking
3 months ago

Absolutely stunning trail, and very easy!

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walking
7 months ago

I love it out there. It's very busy but very well maintained and clean. The trail is extremely easy and accessible. There are several trails that fork off from the lakeside trail of you want something a bit more challenging. The area is wonderful for camping, hiking, kayaking, nature viewing, and more. Lots of great photo opportunities. Do look out for ATV's and large groups. Also people tend to let their pets off leash even though they aren't supposed to, so that can be a slight issue. Other than that this is a very nice trail to stroll along.

walking
7 months ago

We've been to the lake a few times and walked and biked a few miles of the trail. Tough to bike in spots due to eroded trail. Lots of foot traffic and I didn't like the ATV's as they kicked up a lot of dust. Next time I go, I'll bring the kayaks and leave the trail to others.

7 months ago

Absolutely beautiful! Easy but windless and comfortable (although the bugs come out after sunset in the warmer months

camping
1 year ago

Hiked out to the primitive campsites 9 miles out. There is one located by the airstrip and another one about a mile up the trail. The trail follows the lake most of the way. Beautiful views especially once you get a few miles out.

canoeing
1 year ago

Gorgeous lake. Beautiful view. Great for kayaking. The trails are nice and relaxing to walk too.

mountain biking
1 year ago

I have done this trail 3 times and I love biking it. If you go in May it isn't crowded at all. Bike trail is eroded in some areas. When you get 6 miles down some parts of the trail are hard to bike. I had to walk because of loose rock. I am not a very experienced mountain biker and found it very fun and exciting in parts if the trail.

3 years ago

The best way to enjoy this lake is by kayak. On the trail I prefer to ride a bike as the trail is so hard packed and crowded. Winter is the best time of year to visit this lake I think.

hiking
3 years ago

This trail is like walking on concrete. The view of the lake is very beautiful...but the trail is not the best way to enjoy it. Bring your tennis shoes and leave the hiking boots at home.

hiking
3 years ago

Love this place although it is usually quite crowded taking a kayak out is the best way to go about it can get away from people, and it's close to town. Be careful there are warnings and listen to them if going out on the water the wind will shift quickly the other direction in the afternoon down the pass in the morning and up it at night. Safe hiking

hiking
3 years ago

Biked, hiked, and ATV the trail system. A nice place to go for a quick get away. Can become quite crowded though.

hiking
4 years ago

Completed a few years ago. Wide trail with lots of traffic, ATV etc. Great views of the lake.