Explore the most popular snowshoeing 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.

Great day hike near the old Nike Missile Site across from JBER and amazing views of the Anchorage bowl area. My son and I followed the ridge over to Highland Mt from Gordon Lyon for a view of downtown Eagle River. Gordon Lyon definitely steeper on the backside!

Snack bar at the trail head and lodge available to rent. They have had trouble with vehicle break-ins here so I recommend going on the weekend when there’s more people. Watch out for cow parsnip at the beginning of the trail -toxic to humans and pets. Trail accessible from Arctic Valley Rd (open from 0600-2200).

This trail is a large paved path about the width of one lane of a road that runs along the highway. I would consider this to be an easy trail. Good for kids biking. It is pretty exposed so wind can be a real problem (brrrr), but the exposure does provide some gorgeous views of the Cook Inlet! I wouldn’t call this a “hike”, more like a walk.

Great hike. Close to Anchorage and suitable for many.

road biking
1 month ago

Enjoyable walking or biking, but can be very windy

If Flat Top is “hard”, this trip to the peak at times is harder, but well worth it. The climb from the Ballpark up the north side to the ridge line is loose gravel and steep so use what vegetation there is to your advantage. Be careful nearing the peak as the north side drop off is extreme.

1 month ago

Heck. This hike is nicely steep but the view is so amazing!! Well worth the sweat on a nice day.

trail running
1 month ago

Trail is in great condition and easy to follow, most snow has melted by the end of June but I still had to cross waist deep snow in one spot. Lots of unstable rocks so watch what’s above you on the final climb. My dog made it just shy of the top with no trouble. Beautiful view but should have worn running gators for snow and rocks. Took almost 3 hours

2 months ago

This is a paved trail with restrooms and stopping points. I bring my dogs on this trail and keep them leashed at all times. There are a few bikes that use this amazing trail and you don’t want your dog getting ran over. I pick this trail up at Bird Point right off the Seaward. 8 miles to Girdwood.

This is an easy trail most of the way. I always keep my cramp ons in my bag and i wear gloves. Past the baseball field is a beautiful lake.

starts off easy and then becomes extremely difficult until you reach the ridge line. amazing views. wear a good pair of shoes, it is muddy in the early spring.

Lots of fun, even in the rain

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great place to get out in nature but many much better hikes available all around the area.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

We went on a fight day! Have to go back when the sun is out!

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Longer then expected. Great view.

Saturday, June 24, 2017

Good hike, nothing technical. Would be better if the suns out. Today it was cloudy and nothing to see but clouds. The café at the trail head was open which is nice for after a hike. Dogs welcome. There are several trails leading up the valley from but all lead up, so pick one and follow it. From the top of the saddle to the summit, its a little steep but nothing to crazy. Hiking in the clouds made it seem like several false summits. But after about 20-25 minutes I finally made it. Hopefully next time the suns out.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Great after work hike!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

I love this trail!! Once you reach the end of the Football Field, you'll find Black Lake sitting right underneath O'Malley Peak.

Monday, May 29, 2017

This trail starts off easy and then gets your heart beat racing as you walk up the side of the mountain. It requires good hiking shoes and if needed a hiking stick for additional support. Once you've reached the peak ridge you have incredible views and the hike becomes easier. Be careful for the rocks when it is wet. Coming back down is moderate to difficult on the knees.

Monday, March 13, 2017

Good hike, the trail to the base of the mtn is groomed. Ski's would have been a lot of fun and super easy coming down.

Monday, February 27, 2017

Really enjoyed how peaceful this hike is. Its a quiet peak compared to the busy Mt. Rendezous trail if you take the right at the saddle. Its a nice place to get a good view of the South Fork valley or Anchorage.

Sunday, September 25, 2016

A lot of scree. Wish my boots had better grip. Beautiful views of city

Sunday, September 25, 2016

i made it to the saddle and back. i would rate the trail as difficult too.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

I think this should be labeled as difficult. Certain points were difficult to get up. It will definitely wear you out. Amazing views and lakes along the way.

Saturday, August 27, 2016

This was a great hike, a lot of great views. I was going to follow the main trail map, but when I got to the little lake before hiking up to the peak I went around to the left of the lake and hiked up a ridge. when I hiked down following the map, it's a lot of loose rocks but it's easier than climbing a bunch of jagged rocks.

Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Great hike. Challenging at times due to loose rock terrain toward the peak. Other than that, it's a blast to hike. Gorgeous views at the summit. Probably one of my favorite hikes in the Anchorage bowl. Took me about 4 hours from the parking lot to the summit and back to complete.

trail running
Sunday, June 26, 2016

Awesome run. I will be back for sure

Thursday, June 16, 2016

Very enjoyable hike hard at times yet relaxing at others.

Friday, June 03, 2016

Beautiful hike with great views of the Cook Inlet and valleys. The trail is really well kept, however once the ascending begins, there is a lot of loose gravel on the path, so we kind of went off path and depended on the plants that were along the way to get up and down the peak safely.

Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Because the climb is fairly steep, it doesn't take long to start getting breathtaking views of Turnagain Arm and surrounding mountains. Worth the effort!

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

This is considered a pretty difficult trail, but is very doable as long as you pace yourself. There is a lot of steep ups and downs, but relatively little scramble. No technical gear needed.The tricky part is it takes a lot longer than you might imagine, there are at least a few false peaks" before you finally reach the top. Also, it's best to hike with someone and bring bear spray. There have been bear attacks on the trail in the past. Finally, there is usually a five dollar parking fee at the trailhead.

If you're hiking it in the winter, you would be wise to bring some crampons or at least yak tracks to dig into the snow and ice. I end med up sliding all the way down. It's a rough hike up, but beautiful!

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