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Cascade Lake Trail is a 8.4 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.

Length 8.4 mi Elevation gain 1,840 ft Route type Out & Back

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Jared Keeling
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SnowshoeingBlowdownOff trailSnow

19.12.14 My wife and I tried getting a view from K'esugi Ridge by using this trail. Plenty of snow and great snow conditions at the time. Byers Lake was frozen enough for some folks ice-fishing, though it was less frozen near the head (north) where Byers Creek flows in. Following the actual trail proved exceedingly difficult without any previous tracks or trail markers, so we made our own way and walked atop a small braid of the mostly frozen Byers Creek. The main creek was far from frozen and would be dangerous to stand upon. As could be expected, daylight was short mid-December, which, combined with the 'way-finding' we were already doing, meant we could not reach the actual ridge without requiring ourselves to snowshoe back with our way lit by headlamps. Even so, it was an excellent day to snowshoe.

kristen burgess
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HikingMuddy

We hiked this from the Byers Lake parking lot Sept. 09, 2019. Although there were a few trees blocking the trail here and there, this is probably the most established trail I've been on in a while. If you enjoy a steady and easy incline, then this is a good trail for you. There was only one bridge, one small creek crossing, and one rock I had to use three points of contact to get over. It probably took the two of us about 5 hours to hike it to the K'esugi junction and back to the parking lot. Lots of moose and bear sign but no sightings. The views at the top were stellar, even though Denali only poked her head out of the clouds for a split second. I highly recommend this trail for a couple of able bodied adults and fun kids who can use their own legs for a full 8 miles.

Wyatt Vucic
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Hiking

I ended up starting at Byer’s Lake trail and went counterclockwise and connected to cascade lake trail that way. I 100% recommend taking cascade trail if you have the time. There were bits that make you breath heavy but overall a very easy hike with just a bit of easy scrambling at the top. If you can get there, you’re in for a great view to have a snack or just look out. Weather was absolutely beautifully, I stayed at the top writing for over an hour.

Steve Bartzen
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Hiking

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. https://www.strava.com/activities/1817860348

Sherena Matthews
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Hiking

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

Sandra Valencia
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Backpacking

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

Stephanie Horsfield
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Snowshoeing

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

Chuck Howard
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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!!!

Richard Stephens
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Hiking
First to Review

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.

Dana N.
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Renae Blanton
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David Lundin
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Kraig Adams
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Jared Keeling
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Adam Willett
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Alec Brenchley
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Matthew Moniz
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DocBrown Brown
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Charlene Johnson
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Thomas Calton
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