Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Chugach National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

First over night backpacking trip with Girls Who Hike Ak! It was a great hike. Awesome views, not horrible weather. Started at Primerose.

Really nice hike to get the dogs out on and beautiful scenery. Hand tram was fun and a definite good workout for the shoulders and back.

This is a simple hike/ walk in the forest with a fun tram to check out!
Bring bear spray just Incase AND bug spray

mountain biking
1 day ago

Very well maintained trail. The views are pretty nice.

Easy hike with great views! High traffic in July with people and dogs. Not too much of a line at the hand tram but worth the wait. Lots of fun!

Tons of trails in the area, well maintained, nice walk, bring bug spray. My wife, son and I went on a geocache adventure and hit many of theses trails. Nice area, I'll be coming back.

Closed due to brown bear attacks 7/12/18

5 days ago

Don’t do this hike right now, there was a fatal bear attack weeks ago and Fish and Game was unable to find the bear responsible in this area. They recently reopened the area, but with an increase in bear sightings in the area they closed it and placed traps. Please be safe! (ADN article below for more information)


Great hiking trail with moderate terrain. It's a great place to bring the kids and dogs.

I did this on 7/2/2018. Really nice trail. Parking lot available and 2 unisex private bathrooms, not flushing toilets. Hike is easy and shady. If you stop walking, the mosquitoes will get you. Keep on walking. The path down to the waterfall is moderate. It's probably the "difficult" part of the trail. Great place for pics. Didn't get into the water because it was freezing cold. Have fun and be safe!

5 days ago

I did this trail with my mom and brothers on July 10th, so our group ranged in age from 18-50 years old. Because of the range of skill levels in our group, we decided to only partially complete the hike, stopping and turning back at the fork leading to Clemons Cabin giving us an 8 mile round trip hike. Even without seeing the whole trail, this was one of the most beautiful hikes I have been on. The transition from the initial, covered woods section to the meadows was fantastic giving a glimpses of many mountain peaks in the vicinity despite the heavy fog of the day. Many flowers were in bloom and the air was fragrant during the meadow walk. Shortly after stopping for lunch we did see a few bears- what appeared to be a mother and two cubs. We kept our distance and made sure to tightly seal our food waste in our packs and they didn't give us any trouble. The day we hiked was following several days of rain, so the trail was rather wet in some parts but not enough to waterlog your boots. We encountered maybe ten other hikers and two mountain bikers throughout the hike. All in all, it was an easy hike with little change in elevation when completed only halfway. I will be back to hike the whole trail some day.

5 days ago

One of my favorite hikes! Never gets old

Here from Virginia on vacation. Enjoyed this short hike. Love hiking to waterfalls.

nicely kept trail. I didn't realize it passes righ next to residential land. a bit of a buzz kill. But I went in the fall and all the trees and bushes were bare and it might hide the houses when the trees fill out. It has some rolling hills but it has some nice pull puts with views to rest your legs.

Heavily trafficked and long wait at the hand tram. Easy hike.

on Portage Pass Trail

9 days ago

The mile long hill climb to start this hike is definitely tough but the rest of the trail isn’t too bad. The weather wasn’t great during our hike and we couldn’t see much other than our immediate surroundings which was giving us second thoughts but we pushed on and the view of the glacier at the end was well worth it!

that view at the end is worth it. I made it all the way to the beach. i had the opportunity to pick up a floating piece of iceberg and take pictures atop The hill overseeing the glacier once you get on top of the hill.

The reason for 3 stars is the horrible gravel road you have to drive up to get to the trail head. Was definitely a one time thing for me. If you have a 4 wheel drive you'll be good. $5 for parking. Also as others mentioned this is more a moderate hike than easy.

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Beautiful views above tree line on a barely cloudy day. Bugs were fairly calm and a few people were on the trail. Did a thru-hike to Lost Lake Trailhead from Primrose and highly recommend it - the views of Resurrection Bay and Seward were a highlight, as well as the lake itself, which still had ice floating throughout. The climb up was a little tougher than I’m used to (it was also the first hike of the season for me), but worth it 100%. Already thinking of another trip up to camp out by the lake.

11 days ago

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Beautiful views above tree line on a barely cloudy day. Bugs were out in rather full force, and a decent amount of people were on the trail, as well, including mountain bikers. Did a thru-hike to Lost Lake Trailhead from Primrose and highly recommend it - the views of Resurrection Bay and Seward were a highlight, as well as the lake itself, which still had ice floating throughout. One spot crossing a small stream-fall near the Lost Lake Trailhead which has given me trouble before due to an intense fear of heights was much, much less worrisome from the other side and seemed to barely be an issue.

11 days ago

Hiked this one on July 4, 2018. Wonderful views once you get up close to the top and there’s a couple different trail options you can take halfway up. Would definitely rate it moderate due to the incline. If you hike this one on a sunny day, there is no shade so keep that in mind. We brought our two dogs and had them on leashes, but it seemed that almost everyone else ignores those signs and we constantly had other dogs running up on ours. It didn’t seem like almost anyone else had their dogs on leashes up here, so if you have a dog that doesn’t play well with others this might not be the best place to bring them.

nature trips
11 days ago

I am not sure about easy trail, that first inclined was quite a start but yes, it was pretty easy to find. We only did the overlook that was 1.5 miles round trip and took 37 minutes total. The falls are far, the other trail is likely to get you a closer look.

Super nice! Even saw a black bear!

11 days ago

Super busy but manageable. Novice hiker and thought it was plenty long with rolling inclines, not all that easy if you're just looking for a casual stroll. Tram going towards Crow Creek was packed (30+ min wait), coming back the other way was no wait. Overall it wasn't bad but there are better trails out there to enjoy Alaska with less people.

Great first hike with my dog. Views aren't the best but still a relaxing hike. The trail leads off into a few other trails to explore next time. We only went as far as the bridge over the creek this time around.

It’s a steep up hill hike. However the two lakes and the view are worth it.

Very pretty view of the waterfall at the end. Took my dog with me, definitely dog friendly as there were a lot of other dogs there too. $5 to park

13 days ago

Amazing views on the way up as well as the way down. So much exploring is possible even if the trail is somewhat busy.

One of the easy beautiful hikes close to Anchorage.

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