Explore the most popular forest trails in Chugach State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Easy trail with amazing views of the mountains and glacier.. lots of super cold running water.. beautiful flowers along the way..

Straight up you go but worth the views at the top. Cloudy day but could wait a minute as the clouds passed in and out for clearer views. Saw no bears. A memorial bench about 1/3 the way up and abundant wildflowers about 1/2 the way up where you can expect a short break in the steep elevation climb. 2 and 1/2 hours up and 2 down with a stop for lunch on the way back.

hiking
11 days ago

Great view at the lake. Good hike with moderate incline in the beginning but then it's flat. Coming back was faster. It was pretty windy near the lake. Glad I had a coat. This was not too far away and close to home.

Enjoyable moderate hike. We parked before the fee area, so it’s a little further of a hike in to the actual trailhead. Lots of people on the trail yesterday afternoon/evening. There was a bull moose sighting, but no disturbance by said moose. There were two tents at Rabbit Lake, which looked like a scenic spot to camp for a night.

hiking
13 days ago

Apparently there was a bold black bear sighting on July 24th, so for protection I took a wet stick, a pocket knife, and some headphones. Luckily there was no bear sighting today, but there was a pretty aggressive ground squirrel that gave me a look at the top of the tree line, so look out for that guy!
The hike was amazing, but the best part was continuing past The Dome, along the ridge line all the way to Knoya Peak. This adds about 3 miles to the whole hike and the top of the ridge is some rocky terrain with some climbing required, but well worth it. The top of the peak had a nice little grass patch to sit and enjoy the views. Would hike again!!
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hiking
14 days ago

This was a difficult trail. Pretty much straight the whole way up with few switch backs. Trail was not super well marked at times but was still fairly easy to follow. Worth it for the incredible views at the top. Lots of flowers blooming when we hiked (end of July). Took up about 5ish hours total. Definitely glad we brought snacks and plenty of water.

trail running
15 days ago

Pretty easy trail and great for trail running because once you get up the little incline at the beginning it flattens out. No bears, No moose, and very dog friendly trail! This is my 4th time doing this one and I would recommend going on a clear day, the lake and suicide and homicide peaks will give you a phenomenal view

Pretty easy going hike with a great view at the snow field! :)

hiking
16 days ago

Fun longer loop that takes you nearer the river and past a few beaver ponds. The boardwalk over the ponds allows good views of the surrounding mountains

hiking
16 days ago

Path goes to a great viewing area. There was a Merlin Hawk that tried to catch a duck right in front of us

I don't like the long, boring, uphill hike in. On a sunny day like last Sunday it feels like you are baking and there are few shady spots for relief. The dogs and kids were overheating and miserable. Once it opens up it's beautiful but I'd rather do the Williwaw Lakes trail where you get to beautiful scenery faster. A long hike up a road bed and then through alders isn't worth the payoff when compared to other trails.

Three main sections for this hike. Begins with rolling hills in the forest and then up to a ridge. Fairly dry the rest of the way with a series of switch backs followed by a climb along the Ridgeline until the peak. Definitely worth the views from the summit. Look for the air craft remains on your right after the switch backs as you make your way to the peak. Bring lots of water.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice easy hike but lots of traffic and bikers. View opens up about halfway in. Some areas of running water using main trail but mostly over rock, little mud but avoidable. Some stretches brush-lined, haven't seen bears on multiple outings but always fresh sign. Nice Inlet views on hike out. Parking for beyond iron ranger worthwhile if spots are available. Young to old, fit to not, mellow trail for anyone with gradual climb thru the valley.

24 days ago

Great hike! One of my favorites in Alaska so far. Beautiful view of Eklutna! The clouds were pretty low, so we couldn't see all the peaks, but still worth it!

new to anchorage, took my boyfriend and I about 5 hours. beautiful views but you can see the highway most of the time, was great to be able to bring the dog along. didn't see any bears. no snow on the trail July 2018

hiking
25 days ago

Relatively easy hike. A very small incline in the beginning but the rest is flat. About 4.7 miles there and 4.7 back. The first mile or two is pretty narrow (only one person can fit at a time) because of thick bushes and trees. The entire trail is rocky. It looks like it used to be an old river or stream. It’s not terrible to walk on by any means but there are a few creeks in between so it can be muddy in a few spots. If taking your dogs, be aware that they might need hiking boots for this trail. My 100lb Dane shredded all 4 paws and had to be carried the last two miles down the mountain. My 40lb Golden also had a few cut up paws but nothing serious. Just something to think about if bringing your dogs! I saw a few people having to carry their dogs back on the way down too. There is also no shade on the trail or at the lake, so wear sunscreen! The lake itself is absolutely beautiful. And huge. You could definitely camp out with more than enough space between you and the next person. Rainbow trout are also in the lake and our friends actually caught a few. The way back down is super easy since it is flat then slightly downhill. We saw a bull moose on the trail so just keep a heads up for wildlife and keep plenty of space in between if you do have an encounter. Overall great hike! Definitely recommend this one and would do it again.

hiking
25 days ago

For me (not in good shape) it was definitely a long hike. The first two miles have a few streams running through places and small pebbles so it can be muddy. It’s a steady moderate incline with thick brush and then it flattens and widens after you get above tree level. Well traveled with multiple people with dogs along the way and some families with children. The view at the end was worth it. We packed snacks and enjoyed the view. The trek back was a lot easier since it was mostly downhill. Definitely recommend.

Fun, easy, longer hike.

hiking
26 days ago

Good hike, mostly up hill. The trail is well kept and the views are great once you get to the top.There are some benches to rest about every mile. Defiantly bring your camera.

This trail is marked at the beginning of the trailhead as being 2.6 miles one way. I’m pretty sure this is referring to the distance to the second bench. I’ve done this trail 3 times the first two times the goal was always to the first bench which has an amazing view of Eklutna. This last time decided to continue on. The second bench has a great view of the twin peaks and we were lucky to be able to see lots of Dall Sheep on the peaks. We ended up following the trail to the right towards Pepper Peak to get another view of Eklutna. Round trip we did 6.40 miles (starting in the parking lot and ending in the parking lot) it took us 4 hours minus the time we spent at the benches and the top view. So glad we continued on for those views, they were worth it. This trail is all uphill and has some steep sections past the second bench. My legs are sore today. Don’t forget to wear sunblock and bug spray!!

hiking
29 days ago

Super bad weather when I did it, but the summit is totally worth it. Forested area for the first half of trail is bear area so make noise. Also saw moose on the way up. View from the summit is great, you can see put into the range as well as back towards anchorage.

hiking
30 days ago

The first two miles are really boring-then it starts to get good. Easy trail overall, doesn’t feel like you’re really gaining hardly any elevation. A lot of cars at the trailhead, but pretty sure 85% of them were for Flattop.

hiking
1 month ago

This is literally 45 degrees rock climbing lol but the view at the top is worth it! It took us 4 hours to get to the top and 2 hours to get down. It was the hardest hike I've ever done

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike. We made it to the first bench and then home on a work night. It is very apparent that you gain elevation. The mosquitos, black flies and no-see-ums were annoying so definitely wear bug spray

hiking
1 month ago

Unparalleled views and scenery seem too easily accessed for the quick, flat hike. Get up close to ice and snow formations, a twisting river, and Byron Glacier, and look back at Portage Valley and Lake if you climb a little higher. Bring bug spray.

absolutely beautiful hike. summit was cold, so bring appropriate wind breaker for your incredible summit photos. highly recommend, there is no othing else this beautiful and/or accessable from right outside Anchorage! Plus, if you go early, wildlife will be out. saw a massive grizzly and bull moose as you cross the first Bluff!

Good trail little over grown. We didn’t make it all the way because it was to thick and had just rained so we turned around at mile 3. The trail is beautiful and I would recommend this trail.

hiking
1 month ago

A nice wide trail back to the snowfield by Byron Glacier. Lots of rocks to climb on at the end. The kids and dogs love it. Just don't go in the snow caves or up on the snow over the river. People have died when the snow or ice collapses. Berry picking is good along the trail in the fall, especially for salmon berries. Bring a jacket as the temperature drops as you get closer to the glacier.

The trail was beautiful and decently maintained beyond the Basher trailhead. You can access this trail from a couple points to include the Prospect heights trailhead. This is the 2nd time I’ve done it and gone clear to the top of the peak. The distance is alittle misleading, which is where the 4 stars came into play. The distance is more like 6 miles one way, Fitbit and gps verified! No bear sign or activity well travelled.

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