Hidden Lake via Powerline Pass Trail

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Chugach State Park

Hidden Lake via Powerline Pass Trail is a 9.4 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anchorage, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from June until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length9.4 miElevation gain2,040 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashBackpackingHikingNature tripsLakeViewsWildflowersWildlifeMuddyOver grownRockySnowNo shadeFee
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Chugach State Park charges a $5 daily parking fee. You can also purchase an annual parking pass for $60. The Powerline Pass Trail portion of this route is fairly moderate, but the 2 miles to Hidden Lake are more difficult. There is great scenery at the lake with plenty of places to stop and rest along the way.

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Mike Hanks
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Michael Howard
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Very serene and snowy. Had to turn around before the lake due to reduced visibility, but we saw 11 moose. In the snow at a decent pace it should be 3.5hr up 2hr back

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Tucker Foster
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Super muddy but not too bad.

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Laura Orenga
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Nice, moderate hike. Busy trail, lots of dogs and people.

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Lisa Vitale
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Not as pretty as Rabbit Lake, but easy hike :) Should be rated moderate, the last mile is uphill but not steep.

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Caroline Hunt
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Jeff Marsh
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Perfect fall day, a few mud holes easily walked around. The sheep were not practicing social distancing

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Alex Shelton
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Great hike, surrounded by beautiful mountains. We saw a massive bull mouse about 100 yards off of the trail. Steady incline, but not too difficult.

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Joshua Gentry
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Absolutely beautiful trail, in between some rainy days, but perfect hiking day. It's worth the climb to see the lake nestled in the mountains. Would highly recommend for outdoorsy people visiting Anchorage.

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Mae Grundman
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Hiked early summer, It was raining and cloudy plus it’s snowing on the mountain. We had a good time sledding. Beautiful view. I can’t wait to go back there again.

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Robert Siciliano
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Moderate trail to hike or bike. A bit rocky at the furthest point out. Less traffic on weekdays. It’s a beautiful out and back. We saw some Dall sheep near Green Lake.

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Nicole Stoops
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It was well maintained. A moderate hike until the last mile or so. Beautiful views!

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lorell david
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Lake was definitely Hidden and no joke about the last mile or so going straight up. We got off the path at the river crossing bc we were following someone else, so pay attention as there are a lot of smaller trails that take you somewhere completely different. Views were nice and lake was peaceful as not too many ppl on the trail. We also encountered a bull moose on the way up and thankfully he was more interested in eating than me!

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Afshan Raja
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It was a long hike. About 2.5 miles to the bridge and then 2 miles uphill for the hidden lake. The lake is really well hidden and you don’t see it till you literally walk upon it. Amazing views though. Even the uphill part wasn’t too bad (got tiring towards the end). We did take some breaks going up (picked blueberries on one break). On our way down, we had to get off the trail for a bit as two bull moose were on the trail. It took us 5.5 hours from start to finish, with the berry picking and the detour. We took no breaks on our way down because it was getting dark.

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Lera Sanf
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A bit muddy in places after the rain but nothing bad. Great trail with beautiful views. Saw a moose in the distance. The lake is definitely hidden. Trails splits in places but comes together again. A few different paths closer to the lake but terrain is open and wide so no danger to get lost at all.

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Jane Keenan
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Do this trail today. It definitely was hard once you start the climb up. No clear trail when you are closer to the lake. Lots of bugs. Saw no wildlife at all. It was a beautiful hike and outstanding views. Took us almost 5.3 hours

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Mike Hanks
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Hidden Lake is a great hike, the right balance of climb and distance to not overwhelm you but still challenge you. The wind can be terrible at the lake, be ready for strong gusts! The view is simply beautiful

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Ana Gerber-Cavalier
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This is a great trail, seems well maintained with only one spot of mud that was easily maneuvered around. It took me just over three hours to get to the lakes and back with plenty of stops for snacks and photos. I’d put this one down as a moderate hike, the only significant uphill portion is not super steep, there were plenty of people of all ages out in the sun here today. My apple watched clocked it at exactly 9.4 miles.

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Cody Collier
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Jozhua Mendoza
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Sammie Curley
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Did this out and back with the kids. We had talked about backpacking this one but yesterday came and we just did it. First off I will say that my Garmin tacked this as almost 12 miles from the parking lot which with kids is something you need to know, mine are 6&8 they complained a bit on the way in but overall were awesome. The first two miles, like everyone says along the powerline are easy, once you turn in and cross the bridge there is a bout three quarters of mile that is pretty steep and rocky but not technical. After that for us it was pretty easy until right at the summit. Which my kids were bummed about the distance of the lake once we were finally able to see it, being that we were almost 6 miles in to the peek we did not venture down. however the views are some of the best around Anchorage it was absolutely worth it. Sun was blazing yesterday and sunscreen would not be something I would want to forget on this one since you are out there for so long. Bugs were bad in spots especially by the little bridge if you stop to give your dog a drink. The hike was longer than we expected and we did not make down to the lake. But it is an ABSOLUTELY beautiful hike and would be a great place to camp.

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