April Bowl Trail is a 2.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Palmer, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 2.2 miles Elevation Gain: 856 feet Route Type: Out & Back

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This is a consistently steep and scenic trail up to a set of glacial lakes. The trail gets rocky as you traverse up along the ridge to the first peak with great views of the lakes below as well as willow on one side and the Mat-Su Valley down the other. The trail continues up the ridge until you reach the top. This point is roughly 1,000 feet in elevation gain from the starting point at Hatcher Pass.

hiking
18 hours ago

This is my favorite hike in Alaska. The views are breathtaking the whole way, and it’s not too hard or long. If you don’t want to climb all the way to the summit, at least make it to the small ridge right above the lakes. The view is amazing. When we went today, there were still some snow patches, but they had good tracks through them, and you could avoid the snow altogether on the shale hill.

hiking
2 days ago

Great trail to get the blood going in the morning! Beautiful views of Denali in the Northwest and the Mat-Su Valley in the Southeast. Dog friendly even for my older Mastiff

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snow
13 days ago

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snow
22 days ago

Fairly easy and amazing views!! Completely covered in snow when I went back in mid-October. Would recommend to everyone.

hiking
5 months ago

I went here for my 53rd birthday hike with my niece and her dog. We had an awesome time and the walk was moderate being there was snow. We started on the road and got up to the upper parking lot where the stone marker is for Hatchers Pass elevation. If you stay on the packed snow trail it was okay, wished we had snowshoes for the top half as not many tracks up that far. I would recommend for anyone looking to get out and see some great views.

walking
7 months ago

Gosh did i love this trail! High reward for a easy hike! Did it in July! So beautiful

hiking
8 months ago

This hike offers some really spectacular views, and from a hike that is fairly easy and accessible and with a good quality trail. There were some muddy patches and a few icy bits in the shaded areas, but overall the trail was excellent. When I was there it was a very clear day and you could easily see Denali a hundred miles away; Mount Redoubt was even visible at nearly 150 miles distant! This was one of the best hikes I’ve seen for how much you can see versus how relatively easy it is to get to. This isn’t a well-kept secret, though, so expect crowds—especially on the lower half of the trail.

hiking
8 months ago

Enjoyed a nice walk up the trail today. The incline is pretty gentle and was pretty easy for my 10yr old. We didn't make it to the end of the trail, stopped just above the lakes. Amazing views as far as the eye can see. Only bother was the amount of unleashed dogs on the trail. Please leash your four legged friend on the trail. Even if yours is super friendly, others might not be.

9 months ago

On a clear day you might catch a view of Denali and Foraker if you're lucky! the ridge line views are just beautiful. it took us two and a half hours there and back.

9 months ago

great easy hike

10 months ago

Really enjoyed this trail. I’m not sure what I was thinking it would be like, maybe more rolling into a bowl or a valley but it’s a climb up to the top of hatch peak. The first half up until the lake easily switchbacks and then after it gets harder but still not overly difficult. There is some rock scrambling, watch your step. The views from the top are 360 degrees in every direction you look, just beautiful! It took us 2 hours 33 mins We stopped for lots of pictures! Would do again and would recommend to others!

walking
10 months ago

Beautiful and spectacular views from all angles. Definitely a place to take out of town guests.

hiking
10 months ago

Awesome hike with amazing views. Very busy trail on the first part to the lakes and snow, but once you start up the steeper/rocky part you get much more solitude. Took the trek down the opposite side which cut the time/distance at least in half! Don't think you could pick your way "up" this way though, it's all rocky/boulders, but it's definitely an alternate way back down rather than going back down the same way you went up.

hiking
10 months ago

Beautiful views and fair balance of easy walking and challenging incline towards the top. The view you get of the matsu valley and bowl are absolutely stunning.

10 months ago

Very pretty and scenic! I loved hiking this trail because it was fairly short and very rewarding.

11 months ago

Love it that you can see the whole trail, great for those that dont want to run into moose or bear. Beautiful views and can be extended to follow the ridgeline down the other side, if desired!

hiking
11 months ago

Incredible views! Definitely one of my favorite hikes! People were still even sledding down the mountain on July 13, 2018!

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful views, easy to navigate. July 21, 2018.

hiking
11 months ago

beautiful alpine vistas. Well deliniated trail. Was pretty windy along the top 1/3 of the trail. We went on Friday the 13th and managed to avoid mishaps.

backpacking
11 months ago

Great hike for the whole family. Several stopping points along the way or go to the top to enjoy the views. We love glissading so this is a fun hike in early July.

hiking
Monday, June 11, 2018

Love this hike in the late summer/early fall. Incredible views.

hiking
Tuesday, May 08, 2018

Hiked up and skied down in Late September. No snowpack and lots of core shots, wouldn’t recommend doing it that early.

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11 days ago

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