Carter Lake Trail

MODERATE 11 reviews
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Carter Lake Trail is a 3.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Moose Pass, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

DISTANCE
3.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1259 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

birding

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

snow

It is a short but steep climb through spruce/hemlock forest to a wide subalpine valley of meadows surrounded by mountains. Snow can remain in this area until early June.

1 month ago

Beautiful views, great payoff at the lake. Nice uphill. Wildflowers everywhere. Didn't see any bears, but heard rustlings off the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

2 months ago

Beautiful!

3 months ago

backpacking
3 months ago

It was like being in Glacier National Park without the people.

hiking
Tuesday, August 02, 2016

hiking
Sunday, July 10, 2016

Up and pretty easy. No views till lake. Was raining and couldn't see mts around us.

hiking
Tuesday, July 05, 2016

hiking
Wednesday, April 22, 2015

This is a very nice trail. Just off the road with easy parking at the trailhead and a different world within five minutes of hiking. The presence of bears - whether or not seen - makes it s more pronounced hike.

hiking
Friday, August 23, 2013

Short and steep hike with switchbacks to help gain elevation quickly. Once at the lake it opens up and is more mellow if you continue on to Crescent Lake. this is a shorter hike to get to that lake than from Quartz Creek but it is much steeper. The trail can get muddy in a hurry and we had to puddle hop a few places because of a rainstorm while we were up there. Supposed to be good fishing at both lakes but I didnt bring my pole, perhaps next time...

hiking
Monday, July 08, 2013

This is a great trail to hike in the fall. It winds through forests. Berries and wildflowers abound. The views are amazing. Bring a tent and camp by Crescent Lake. Watch out for bears, I see them every time I hike this trail.