Gold Star Peak is a 2.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Chugiak, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length2.4 miElevation gain2,752 ftRoute typeOut & back
HikingDog friendlyForestLakeViewsRockyScramble
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Pack light, look for the flag on the tree at or before mile 5 on Eklutna Lake Road for the trailhead

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Uriah Laing
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HikingGreat!RockyScrambleSnow

Oct 31 - came back and started earlier in the day 1pm and managed the peak - cold but clear day - gorgeous views - a bit of snow trudging but it actually helps the traction in some areas so don't let that stop you. bring an extra pair of dry socks for the trip down, you'll be glad you did! Awesome hike!

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Kurt Hartley
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HikingGreat!

Took 10 Paratroopers out there this AM to honor some of our fallen. Great hike, 3rd time, and still as difficult as ever. Parked at the 4.75 mile mark and walked down to the trailhead (Speed Limit Sign). The trail was slick and slightly frozen toward the top, wonderful crow berries, but no termination dust yet! Was a beautiful day and you could see Denali way on the horizon from the second saddle turn. Only downside was the slickness on the way down.

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Uriah Laing
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HikingGreat!MuddyRockyScramble

Awesome trail! highly recommend if ever in the area. unfortunately I started too late and had to turn back with just 100m to go or I would have run out of daylight all alone. I will be back! Note the distance posted 3.9km does not include the 1km too and from parking area. Park at telephone pole #74, trailhead is at #85.

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Christine McPhee
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Waaayyyy steep. Do not bring young kids. But it’s amazing and awe inspiring looking at the memorials. An amazing tribute and the effort to get there, I think, is a demonstration of one’s love and respect for the immense sacrifice of our fallen soldiers and their families. A must-do hike in Alaska.

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Collin Woods
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Should I bring bear spray

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Katie Fulmer
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HikingBugsGreat!Off trailOver grownRocky

Incredible views. Tough hike. First- the trail is between 3.5-4 miles. Not the 2.4 AllTrails says.... next, location- The trail head starts at a speed limit sign (30) and light pole (85). There are orange and red bags tied to the speed limit post to mark the trailhead. It starts up thru the woods, continues thru a field, up thru a wooded area with a rope, and then up a bit more and you come to the first saddle. This is a good rest area. Take the trail to the right and head straight up this trail. At some points you will end up “making your own trail” at some points. You want to go up and to the left towards the jagged rocks. Down is difficult. Definitely recommend hiking poles on the decline to help with the knees. Awesome hike for a fall day

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Emerald Padgett
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HikingGreat!

Challenging hike. Epic views. Beautiful tribute to our fallen Heroes.

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George Harrison
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Great to remember our fallen

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Samuel Davila
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Christine McPhee
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I feel like my attempt is good for verifying what others have said. Park at mile 4.5 and hike to mile 5. At telephone pole 85, you can see where people have climbed to get up on the trail. The dirt for the first while is soft. It’s been almost two full days since it last rained so I thought the trail would be dry enough to navigate. It was still very wet and got wetter the higher up I got. That’s ultimately why I had to turn back. It was just too wet and, with an infant to carry, it was more than I could safely handle. Trekking poles are super helpful, even if you only have one to use. The trail in parts is very overgrown. Glad I followed people’s advice and wore pants and long sleeves. Also, there were TONS of mosquitoes. Beautiful hike, great fall views. Just too wet for us this time. Hopefully better luck next time!

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Genya burns
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HikingClosed

I couldn't find this Trail. It says it's right around mile 5, there's absolutely no Trail there, marked or unmarked. Very disappointed. search has made extra Difficult by there being absolutely no place to pull off or park or even turn around for miles.

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James Schmaltz
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HikingBugsGreat!Over grown

This trail is an incredible workout. The memorial beautiful and the view is incredible. WEAR PANTS!! Pretty much the only downfall of this trail is it is heavily overgrown. There is a healthy amount of devils club and cow parsnip on the way up. If anything, wear pants for the first half of the hike and then change into shorts. It is going to be hot but it is better that being scratched and blisters on your leg.

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David Hamski
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MuddyScramble

My wife and I hiked up Gold Star Peak last evening. Before setting out, the trail description of a 2.5 mile hike had us thinking, "this'll be a quick one" but the 2,752 feet of elevation gain made it anything but quick. However, don't let that dissuade you! I'm glad this one made us sweat and is surely being felt this morning, seeing as it's often those physically tough things you do together that help us remember. You see, this peak is all about remembering. Whether it's the cross made of 30mm rounds for Marines who fell in Iraq, or the clink and clatter of hundreds of dogtags as the mountain wind whips around the aluminum tower that holds them, the fact that you have to watch your step as to be careful not to step on painted stones or golden stars that cover the peak, or the solemn observation that the summit log is not filled with hikers names rather names of servicemen and women who made the ultimate sacrifice, anywhere you look you will be provided with the tangibles and intangibles to remember. As I wrote down the four names I know in the summit log, I felt incredibly grateful for what I have, what others have helped secure. While I wish all the names on the peak were alive and well with us today, I recognize it just isn't that way, so what we do with that is remember. Go to the hard places with who you love, take in the journey, and remember. It'll ground you. I'd say that's pretty much all you need to know.

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Alyssa Helland
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HikingRocky

Did this trail and it was a great one! The trailhead is kind of hidden, you have to know where it is. You have to park on the road and then walk to telephone pole number 85 then look for a flag. The trail itself is very steep. It it pretty much straight up which is fine but that means it is also straight down which sucked for me more. The view is amazing!!! Once you get to gold star it is a very short leisurely jaunt to the POW/MIA flag and it’s definitely worth the extra steps. Once you start climbing the mountain, there really isn’t a “trail” it’s more like just go the general direction of up and left.

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Liz Stevens
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HikingBugsOver grown
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Jilleen Charette
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