Lower Dewey Lake Trail

MODERATE 14 reviews

Lower Dewey Lake Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Skagway, AK that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.1 miles 931 feet Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

This trail switchbacks steeply for about 500 feet (0.5 mile) along the forested hillside. Not far up the trail there is a rock bench which provides a view of town and the harbor. The trail winds past a city reservoir and then continues on to the Lower Dewey Lake loop. This trail switchbacks steeply for about 500 feet (0.5 mile) along the forested hillside. Not far up the trail there is a rock bench which provides a view of town and the harbor. The trail winds past a city reservoir and then continues on to the Lower Dewey Lake loop. A rolling trail along the west side of the lake leads to an earthen levee and spillway and continues on to the rougher and narrower east side of the loop. Good views of the Twin Dewey Peaks (5,410 ft) may be had from all points of the lake. A number of picnic tables lay along the trail and sandy beach spots provide opportunities for swimming, fishing and non-motorized boating. Northern Coastal Forest This hillside is covered with dense stands of alder, cottonwood, hemlock and Sitka spruce, most of which are second-growth. Understory plants such as mosses, ferns and devils club flourish in the mild marine climate. Wildflowers: A multitude of dazzling wildflowers can be seen including Bunchberry, Clasping Twisted-Stalk and Starry Cassiope. Animals: Keep an eye out for American Dippers, Varied Thrushes (known for the various pitched whistles sounding in the forest), Tree Swallow and Spruce Grouse. Additional Information Time: 1-2 hours round trip Rating: Moderate Distance: 0.5 miles (0.72 km) to lake 2.7 miles (4.4 km) around lake Elevation Gain: 500 ft (150 meters) Lower Dewey Lake Overnight camping is permissible around Lower Dewey Lake. Permits are not required. Build fires only in designated fire pits and never leave a fire. You are in bear country! Stay alert, make noise and do not approach or feed bears. Try to keep food smells away from bears. If you do encounter a bear, stay calm, talk calmly and firmly, back away slowly and never run.

2 months ago

4 months ago

Very easy, make sure you hike about a tenth of a mile (or shorter) up to a rock lookout when you get to the lake by the bridge. It has a beautiful view of the snowcapped mountain.

5 months ago

like the hike, easy to do even if you are not fit for hiking.

hiking
5 months ago

Easy trail, not too strenuous. A bit of an elevation gain at first, but after that fairly smooth sailing. Like others below, didn't go the whole way around the lake because it all looks just about the same. If you're feeling adventurous, best to try the Upper Dewey as well!

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful lake once you get to the top. Very quick elevation gain to start the trip. We didn't bother with the full loop with as small of a lake as it was, as we figured the view was the same all around.

5 months ago

First hike and I'm not very sporty. Made a loop around the lake. without rush, taking pictures of every rock and flower took me 2 hours both ways. Will go again. Further side of the lake is a bit harder: more roots and rocks to climb over.

hiking
6 months ago

Nice trail, well maintained. Easy enough that I think anyone could do it.

cross country skiing
1 year ago

Great hike. Beautiful weather. Trail is wide and easy on one side, with the opposite side more difficult being on the "upside" of the mountain. Great views of surrounding peaks above the tree line.
Great to hike at elevation when usually at sea level at or around swamps In Florida!!

trail running
1 year ago

Trail run while in port with Princess cruise. Beautiful scenery.

hiking
1 year ago

The weather was perfect for mid June. Made the hike very enjoyable!

1 year ago

Steep. But fun. Totally worth it if you have the chance

hiking
2 years ago

While in Skagway on a princess cruise, we decided to take a hike around lower Dewey Lake. What a beautiful hike along an easy trail. Enjoy this 2 -3 hour hike.

hiking
2 years ago

Easy hike! It was a cold September in Skagway, and to escape the freezing wind howling through the fjord, we decided to take a hike in the protection of the trees. It was a great idea! We went up the steep incline (not very far) to Lower Dewey Lake. It was nearing dusk when we got up there and we did't loop the lake. My sister was working there for the summer and spent many evenings hiking up there with friends. She knew the trail well, and it was very easy to follow. What fun! Great afternoon in Skaquay!

hiking
3 years ago

I visited Lower Dewey Lake, Icy Lake, Upper Reid Falls, and Upper Dewey Lake (never made it to Sturgill's Landing or Devil's Punchbowl) in the summer of 2007. A fabulous way to spend a half or a full day, or even just a quick morning or evening hike, depending on which of the numerous options you choose.