Eklutna Lakeside Trail

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Chugach State Park

Eklutna Lakeside Trail is a 12.7 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Chugiak, Alaska that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 12.7 miles Elevation Gain: 1,354 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dog friendly

camping

hiking

horseback riding

road biking

skiing

walking

running

forest

lake

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

snow

Directions: Take the Eklutna Lake exit at Mile 26 on the Glenn Highway, and follow park signs ten miles to Eklutna Lake. The nearest town is Eagle River.

hiking
bugs
8 hours ago

This is the prettiest hike I have done in Alaska. When you get to the first look out, what a view! Great smoothed out trail, not wet nor muddy. You hike through the trees most of the hike with a slight view of the lake. Once you get to the bench, wow! Just beautiful. Trail gradually climbs but is still great cardio. A must do!

hiking
1 month ago

This trail was beautiful. Went this morning with the pooch and the trail was nice n dry along the lake. Perfect for a trail run or just a nice leisurely stroll!

hiking
flooded
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Wish I'd worn water resistant shoes, but still had a good time stomping through mud in my running shoes (glad I brought extra socks). Took me two hours to go four miles but only an hour and a half to come back because it was a sunny day which dried things up more (it was pretty slow going trying unsuccessfully to avoid the slush and deeper puddles). There were a lot of people around for the first mile or so, but not as many out past that. Beautiful scenery, well worth the slush. There were some good dry patches to trail run, but also sections competely snowed and iced over as well as some that were competely flooded or slushed over. Very adventurous with lots of variety. It was fun. Beautiful sunny day. A lot of people were walking down on the gravel next to the lake, but I don't think they were going much faster than I was.

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

First time on this trail. It's a really nice trail but today was really icy. lots of people on the lake today.

hiking
7 months ago

Only went 3.5 miles in then turned around. Beautiful views the whole way.

ohv/off road driving
9 months ago

Sunday through Wednesday, open to ATVs/snowmobiles. 15mph limit, so slow going, but a beautiful ride along Eklutna Lake.

hiking
bugs
9 months ago

Wide open path bordering Eklutna Lake. Great place to take visitors for nearby access to Anchorage/MatSu and an easy walk with great views. The description states that dogs and horses use this trail but on certain days motorized vehicles are also allowed. If you want to avoid that (can be dusty when they pass), check the official site: http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/maps/eklutnalaketrailguide.pdf

hiking
9 months ago

Easy long hike. Great for hiking or biking, spectacular lake views, bike path is easy, a few bears. Highly recommended!

hiking
11 months ago

busy trail in summer, bikers, atvs, bugs, rent bikes and kayaks near by

ohv/off road driving
11 months ago

Took ATVs back but this trail could be easily hiked. It's fairly flat, a few small hills that might be 50ft high here and there through the trail. All rocks and semi-improved roads. Took the machines back as far as the road goes and hiked a bit further. The glacier is too far back to see, but if you climb up the rocks a bit (be careful) the views out to the lake are incredible.

hiking
11 months ago

Excellent tuning trail next to glacial fed lake. Highly recommended.

hiking
muddy
11 months ago

We did about 7 miles there with my son along in a running stroller. It was very manageable even with the mud. There was a posted sign cautioning hikers of a recent bear attack on a baby moose. Advising us that the bear and cow moose might still be around and be pretty agitated.

hiking
Tue Apr 30 2019

Beautiful trail! We only hiked about 3 miles in to eat lunch and fish. Views were spectacular all along the trail. Definitely recommend backpacking here if you’re into that!

hiking
Mon Apr 01 2019

Great end of March hike. Perfect early season weather made this a great first hike of the year! I definitely recommend it, although I heard from some locals that the ATV traffic can be loud and overbearing.

hiking
snow
Tue Mar 19 2019

If going up the mountain here instead of lakeside, it’s a Great trail up to the 1st bench which is about 1.5 miles up- a little challenging however slow and steady wins the race! Awesome overview of the lake at this time of year at the bench!

Sat Jan 12 2019

Great if you have a family and small children and want a trail that’s easy for everyone.

hiking
Mon Oct 22 2018

Such an amazing and incredible hike with views to last a lifetime! Definitely a good hike. The hike itself is a for intermediate hikers. Or if you want to take more breaks to complete it. It’s challenging not difficult.

hiking
Mon Sep 17 2018

Love Eklutna Lake. Many great hikes around here and I highly recommend staying a night or two at the Serenity Falls Hut after mile 12. Look forward to returning soon.

hiking
Mon Jul 30 2018

Beautiful hike lots of atvs and bikes but they all slowed down for those of us who where walking.

backpacking
Mon Jul 30 2018

Beautiful! Gorgeous day. Kids had a great time. Views were exellent. Didn't make it the full 25 miles around the lake but had a great time nonetheless.

mountain biking
Sun Jul 22 2018

We rode to the end of the lake by the Airstrip and a black bear ran out on the trail towards the lake so they are definitely out there! The trail itself was easy for riding and the lake is beautiful!

hiking
Fri Jun 22 2018

So stunning! Would you 100% recommend/do again

backpacking
Sat May 26 2018

Seemed like most people were on mountain bikes, I was one of a few people on foot. Lots of double track with sections of narrower trail. Great adventure and views that my aching feet and blisters distracted me from.

running
Mon May 07 2018

10 miles off the Glen highway and five dollars to park. It's great for trail running and biking as it's mostly level with a spectacular view the full 7 miles to the other end of the lake. The first mile the trail is mostly shared with ATVs but everyone was good about slowing down to keep the amount of dust down. After that the running/biking trail occasionally meets up with the ATV trail. Definitely worth it.

Tue Nov 14 2017

stunning views. easy trail to walk, run, hike or even bike

hiking
Tue Oct 31 2017

Foggy the whole time!! Got a peek of the mountains near the air strip. Will need to come back on a clear day . Very easy just long.

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