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Eagle Lake Trail is a 10.1 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Juneau, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 10.1 mi Elevation gain 1,669 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Lake

River

Views

Wildlife

Waypoints (2)
  • 1

    Yankee basin trail head

    58.53841, -134.79095

  • 2

    Fishing pole

    58.53823, -134.79040

Weather
UV Index
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Reviews (16)
Photos (32)
Recordings (7)
Completed (28)
Cody Bennett
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HikingBlowdownFloodedMuddyRockyScramble

I learned after the hike that the trail name is officially the “Amalga Trail” but everyone I know has forever and always referred to it as the Eagle Glacier Trail. Online it claims 5.5 miles, but there and back my AllTrails app claimed I hiked 11.9 miles there and back. GAIA GPS app said it was 5.87mi on the way in and 5.53mi on the way out. I was pretty spent by the end. I passed a few people coming out and also a couple headed in. My trip in was 2hrs 15 minutes, and the trip out was 1hr 50 minutes with a little bit of jogging as I headed out from the cabin. I know that I hike somewhat faster than most. The couple that arrived at the cabin while I was there said that it had taken them a little over three hours on the trail. Overall it’s a pretty gnarly trail with segments of smooth and normal. I stayed mostly dry despite there being a bit of mud and even a spot where the trail was converted into a creek bed. The gnarl comes from lots of roots and rocks up and down as you traverse at the edges of marshes.

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Kris Rutledge
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BackpackingBlowdownMuddyOff trailWashed out

The trail is in need of repair with places where the boardwalk has completely rotted out, another place where the stream has routed itself right down the center of the trail for ways, and yet another place where the water has flooded over the boardwalk along a beaver complex requiring you to scramble up and over the hillside or wade knee deep through the muck. Also throughout there are root wads and rocks along the trail. However, If you're up for it, it is definitely worth the challenge. The trail parallels multiple large beaver complexes offering tranquil water reflecting mountains and trees and beautiful views. I'm not sure why and I'm definitely not complaining, but we had very few mosquitoes during our entire stay. The cabin at Eagle Lake has the most awesome view of the mountains and Eagle Glacier and the lake is the residents of multiple waterfowl. It was dry during our entire stay which I am grateful for as I would definitely not like to try to hike the trail when it was wet. I think the boardwalks could be incredibly slick and dangerous.

Lars Erkeland
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HikingFloodedMuddy

Trail was slippery all the way. And some places the boards were broken or rotten away. Be cautious for slip and fall. For the vieuws however. It's amazing here. Especially if you lunch or stay at the cabin, than your overwhelmed by its beautyness!! Did it on a sunny day, mid oktober 2019

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Derek Williams
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HikingMuddyOver grown

This trail starts out at the parking lot beside the bridge crossing eagle river. For the first 1½ miles it’s relatively flat, then you begin to hit the roots and rocks. There are several sections of this trail that are in desperate need of repair. The boardwalk by the muskeg has collapsed and damage to the hillside from people getting around it, is significant and getting worse. The stair section, is abysmal. They should have roofing shingles or chicken wire installed to prevent falls, because they are ridiculously slippery. Lots of them are sliding down the hill and not even usable. The cabin is decent, very thankful for the heater, the deluge we experienced on the way out there, made finding dry, burnable wood, impossible. Why is there no boat or canoe to explore the lake? All of the other USFS cabins in the area have them.

Rebekah Johnson
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HikingMuddy
Mr. Pants
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Hiking

Hiked the trail yesterday. Salmon are spawning at the moment, so there was bear sign everywhere. Make more noise than normal, and definitely bring some spray. Other than that, the trail is great shape all the way to the cabin. It’s been incredibly dry, so there was no muck to contend with. Side trail to the glacier was overgrown and poorly marked once you get on the rocks. The view of the glacier is worth it, but be prepared to do some route finding. If you don’t feel comfortable on the West Glacier spur trail, maybe avoid the side trail to Eagle Glacier.

Michael Pierson
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Hiking

Definitely want good hiking shoes / boots as there are numerous opportunities to slip into the muck if you’re not sure footed. And bring (use) bug repellent - it’s better to be a large volume blood donor at Red Cross; one of the worst bug bit hikes I’ve been on in Juneau. The cabin, and the tranquility at the lake make the challenges of the trail all go away ; until you’re on your way out.

Matt Sadowski
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HikingMuddyRocky

Super wet rainy day. The trail was pretty slick, especially on the fresh boards and wooden steps. Attempted to go the extra two miles from the cabin to the Glacier but turned back rather quickly once I came out of the forest and onto the steep rocky areas.

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J.J. Ryan
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went on trail not realizing you have to be part mountain goat to finish it. There were a lot of dangerous spots and in my opinion it's not worth the effort

Amanda Rider
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Hiking

Little more difficult trail for juneau. But worth it. Make sure you have on some sort of waterproof boot. I wore muck boots and they were perfect! Mostly walking through through forest but you're close to the river. Need to be sure footed. Lots of up and down, rocks, water and very slick spots. The view at eagle lake is beautiful. Definitely want to rent the cabin and go back.

Tyler Malone
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Camping

Unbelievably gorgeous trail that has a lot to offer. A newer and well maintained Forrest Service cabin is available to rent on the lake with a spectacular vie of Eagle Glacier. From the cabin, there is another couple of miles to the glacier itself. Down river from the cabin maybe half a mile is a nice cascade type falls which is nice to visit.

Kris Rutledge
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Hiking
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Alex Sargent
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Hiking
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Lars Erkeland
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Kyle S.
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Aaron Surma
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Hiking