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Beyond the foothills at Anchorage's edge lies the third largest state park in America - a half-million acres of some of the most accessible hiking, skiing, camping, wildlife viewing, snowmachining, rafting, and climbing in Alaska. Those of us lucky enough to live here feel the influence of Chugach State Park almost daily.

3 days ago

Nice easy winter hike with a lot of animal tracks. We saw fox, lynx, and rabbit tracks and 6 moose.

My favorite and almost private trail to enjoy cross country skiing

I do not recommand during winter. Especially on rainny days like today.The trail was not groomed and we couldn’t find our way. We turned back because of the rain, and to difficult to find through the snow. Maybe easierif you have snowshoes! The road stopped before the entrance of the trail.

Great trail for those who are fit and prepared. Take lots of water or purification and bear protection. It’s a 6 hr run or a two day hike with lite pack and provisions for extreme weather changes.

Ain’t no thang for a chicken wing

Seems like a lot of potential in this trail, but not during inclement weather. Had to turn back because most of the trail is very exposed and the wind was brutal. Will try again another time. $5 parking FYI.

1 month ago

Went up in mid September in the warm sunshine, was extremely stoked on the views from the top. Would recommend going all the way back along the ridge for more awesome sights.

1 month ago

This trail was beautiful and sunny when I went up in mid September. It was a great place to get a killer view of everything around Anchorage.

1 month ago

Went on this trail with my niece and her energetic dog. 50 y/o male with little hiking in last year and had no problems at all. Very enjoyable pace and trail is easy to follow, nice switchbacks make a comfortable hike. Veiws at the top are magnificent and worth the effort. Wished we had gone on to Peak 3, will do next time. Went over to backside of Flattop instead because we had time and energy.

1 month ago

Best alternative to Black Friday shopping! We went off-trail before we got to the saddle and traversed to the top. Had to stop just before the summit to make sure we all had our spikies on, then up to the top! Make sure you have layers, spikies, and something to stop the wind.

1 month ago

Aweosme hike, just done today November 24/18. Beautiful, not too much snow! But you need micro spikes! Also hopped over to back side of flat top cause it’s right there! 3 hour round trip for the both of them!

Great go to hike if you need a quick/short hike workout.

Went in aug. Was so fun with the dogs! Love the alpine flat area!

Did right before the snow fell. The most peaceful hike! Saw 3 moose on the way!

2 months ago

Tail was well used into the winter, weather was great!

I went on a Saturday in late September. it wasn't to crowded but parking is a bit crazy. it's a nice out and back. once you get to the lake, go right and you get a great view of the inlet.

2 months ago

My favorite spot to hike during summer time!!

The trail was beautiful, fresh snow. We were there in the morning and the sun shining On the other mountains illuminated their profile beautifully! Windy at the top however you get to see an entire view of Turnigan arm from one side!! No snow on the road up their and it was a rough ride.

Amazing like always

nice hike close to town. beautiful views.

3 months ago

Perfect day for this hike! Trail was a little muddy after the rain yesterday and then the top had some snow. But the trail was evident with all the foot traffic. Clear enough to see Denali and the views from the peak were incredible. Saw 3 moose on the way up and then 20 sheep (3 different groups) at the peak. Definitely will do again. Enjoy!

3 months ago

Beautiful rabbit lake . Went up to mchugh lake also. Snow is there to stay !! Very windy as usual. Layer layer layer

A nice relaxing stroll. Didnt see a waterfall (i think the one pictured is for barbara falls).

3 months ago

This hike is definitely a challenge. I am 22 years old and In pretty good shape. It is mostly up hill the whole entire way. Once you past the second bench it turns into a narrow trail, with grass as tall as you. Come to a corner the trail kinda ends and you can go up at your own risk. This part becomes very hard. It opens up and you can see twin peaks well, did not make it any further to see the lake from the very top. Would recommend hiking boots rather than running shoes. Also saw a black bear on the trail right after second bench on the way down. Bring bear spray lots of water, and pack light. Going down is also very tiring. Shin splints is a real thing !

These views are spectacular! There is nothing to compare the peace and beauty of this trip. You do have to cross a pretty crazy stream; so bring your water shoes. A group of my friends and I backpacked and had an amazing time!! Be prepared for anything. Our trip was about 22 miles because there had been a recent snow storm and we had to hike over the snow. Remember iodine tablets so you can refill your water! Worth every step!!!

We ended up just going up ship creek pass to ship lake to see the reveal. It was amazing. Saw a bunch of moose on our way back couple nice bulls. Moderate hike with a creek the whole way up.

Fun, challenging trail with beautiful views from the top

Gorgeous fall day. Beautiful colors below tree line and the lake a stunning, crisp navy blue.

Just did O’Malley today! Took 3.5 hours roundtrip, however my friend and I ran up to the ascent before little Omalley, then the ball fields, and then down the scree coming back. Every opportunity we could. It’s an incredible hike but does require some confidence when heading up the gulley of big Omalley. We took the goat paths whenever we could find them but it was not technical at all. The view from the top, on a bluebird day, is incredible and well worth the trek! Saw about 4 bull moose and a cow coming back. Pretty highly trafficked, but not too many people once you leave the ball fields and start heading up big Omalley. Totally doable hike!

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