Cascade Lake Trail

MODERATE 6 reviews
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Cascade Lake Trail is a 6.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Talkeetna, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

6.4 miles
1,840 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash



nature trips





wild flowers


bridge out


4 months ago

Awesome hike, just be aware that the mileage listed here and on the trail signs is way off from the actual trail since it doesn’t include the multitude of switchbacks on the way up. From the lake loop junction to the Ridge trail is actually over 3 miles. To the round trip on this from the campground is about 8.5 not 6.5.
GPS link here for actual trail distance.

4 months ago

Loved this trail! Was a bit of an overcast day with some light showering so no views of Denali but we still were able to see the front few mountain ranges. Although I feel this was the perfect hike for this weather whilst in Denali. The rainforest type vegetation with ferns and mushrooms everywhere was very magical to then come across the beautiful cascading falls. We climbed along the falls up to the top to reach the trail again and continued on to the ridge. Beautiful and not too hard at all

6 months ago

Great hike. Beautiful views even if Denali decides to show herself or not. Felt very bushy-backcountry like but did not run into any bears. Made it to the ridge and camped. Enjoyed a clear morning with Denali shining

Monday, November 27, 2017

we had to park at the entrance because the campground area is closed in winter; this just meant we had more beautiful Lake views. you can follow the road in or hike/snowshoe around the lake to get to the ridge trail which takes you up to kesugi ridge. gorgeous hike with stunning views of denali and the alaska range once you're hiking up to the ridge. it is full of gentle switchbacks which allowed for more views and avoided icy decents. we did not take poles because it was too cold to be holding poles. well woth the stop

Thursday, August 10, 2017

8/8/17-We hiked this trail to the falls & up the side of the falls to the ridge line and down to Byers lake.. camped overnight, woke up @ 5am to finish our hike around the lake & ran into 2 black bear cubs where the trail gets overgrown, right before the bridge... although we didn't have a problem.. be aware bears are there!.. awesome falls & hike!!!

Sunday, August 06, 2017

We completed this trail past the falls up to the ridge line and then added the other trail around Beyers Lake to get us close to 9-miles or so. The cascade trail along the ridge gets fairly exposed and on the day we were there - no views of Mt. Denali, although I could imagine the view would be great on a clear day., On the way up and around Beyers lake the vegetation on the side of the trail is very thick, so be Bear Aware.