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Lazy Mountain Trail is a 5.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Palmer, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers 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 but must be kept on leash.

Length 5.6 mi Elevation gain 3,008 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Hiking Running Forest Views Wild flowers Wildlife Muddy Snow
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Daniel Jones
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Hiking

I took the longer moderate trail thinking I should take it easy, huge mistake unless you've got snowshoes. The snow was so deep in some places the length made it treacherous.

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Tyler Charles
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Brady Miller
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BackpackingIcy

Great trail. 17 Oct 20. Went mountain up and mountain down. Started at 830, ground was pretty frozen the whole route. Got in to snow about 1/3 way up. Some areas of snow from the wind drifts closer to the peak were about knee deep. Most was ankle deep off of the beaten path. Completed in 3 hours.

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Patrick Geary
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Sierra Justis
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Hiking

we did lazy moose up and mountain down, great trail but lazy mountain trail is very mudy at the moment

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Brian Watkins
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Walking

Trail is dry. Awesome conditions. I did lazy moose up then the straight down. 2 hours up. 35 minutes down.

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Ben Suranovic
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Beautiful views at the top! Took Lazy Mountain up, which was very steep and a bit muddy, and lazy moose down. Garmin clocked it at just about 6 miles. Took me about 4 1/2 hours with a half hour lunch at the top.

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Patrick Geary
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Hiking

Great trail, took lazy moose up and ran down the main trail. took about 3 1/2 hrs up to the flag and down. Very Windy, but great vista's

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Mae Grundman
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HikingGreat!

I was kinda lazy went we went for a hiked , but had a good time. Beautiful view. Worth it the hike.

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Anna Gray
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Hiking

Grew up doing this hike, so I’m a bit biased, but the views from the first picnic table are well worth it. And, it gets easier after that! If you’re looking for something easy to moderate, take Lazy Moose which offers a lot of switchbacks. If you want a steep/direct hike, just go up and down the original Lazy Mt. trail and don’t bother making it a loop.

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Evan Seaman
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Hiking

Went up the “most difficult” route with little maintenance up the mountain and then down the lazy moose trail on the way back when the two trails meet. Going up there were some more slick areas with some hard pack mud, could see it being very slick after a rain. The lazy moose trail on the way down was well maintained with some switch backs. Posts along the trail every 200 ft.

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Megan Heinecke
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Hiking

Easier on the knees to go up Lazy Mountain and down Lazy Moose.

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Joshua Tokita
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Hiking

Dry conditions, windy at the top

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Yoe Isbell
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bobby a
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HikingMuddy

Great hike! We started at 6:30am and we’re in clouds most of the way up. However the last 600 or so feet were above the clouds and the views were magical. Highly recommend but a must to where boots. Enjoy!

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Heather Swartz
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Matt Salisbury
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HikingGreat!Muddy

Lazy mountain trail has a little mud and slick spots, lazy moose was perfect. Two false peaks, great views at the top

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Kyle VanTassel
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Hiking

steep climb that is alot of fun. worth the view.

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Joshua Rockey
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Emily Rickman
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Hiking

Great views! The picnic tables were great. Last of the snow is melting, mostly dry. Attempted to take the Lazy Moose Trail down but we got a little turned around, thankfully found a map but added about an hour in time on the way down. Ended up hitting into the Peak Trail and then the Horse Trail.... opppps! But all is well

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Travis Marshall
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Hiking

Great hike! Amazing views! It’s totally worth it! Steep and challenging but do it it. We took Lazy Mtn. Trail up and Lazy Moose back and it was a great choice. Skol!

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Christopher Dimmick
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Little slick coming down the bottom half. A little overgrown as well. Totally worth it!

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Jordan Best
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This trail is VERY steep if you go up the lazy mountain trail. The lazy moose trail is much easier and I would recommend taking it up and down to avoid the lazy mountain trail altogether but that’s just me. Make sure it’s a clear day because we got all the way to the top and could not see anything because of the thick cloud coverage all around.

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Lolly Symbol
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Hiking

This hike was a lot steeper than I thought it was going to be. False peaks give false hope. It was relentless both directions. Thought it would never end. Thought it was a pretty boring hike. I like long steep hikes, but the top was not a great reward. Very small peak so no room to roam around. Not the greatest views. Unless someone drags me, I have no desire to do this one again

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Jennette Cooney
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Hiking

I took the more direct path going up and coming back down. It was a great workout; very steep. Not much of a view up top; too foggy. Great hike though! It took me a little less than 2 hours to complete.

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Carolyn Schanbacher
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Beautiful day on July 2. Trail was not muddy, just damp enough to give some needed traction at the steeper points. All-around perfect conditions. We are in decent shape, but we are also parents of toddlers and live on PBJs/mac & cheese. It took us 3:25 with a brief stop at the summit, going up Lazy Mtn and down Lazy Moose. You work for every step on this trail, and it’s worth it - primarily, I feel, for the views and the wildflowers (if you go downhill via Lazy Moose). A few things if you haven’t done this one before: vegetation at lower elevation significantly reduces visibility so bring your bear spray. Bring your poles. Be aware that Lazy Moose has a good deal of cow parsnip. More so than on Lazy Mtn, you will inevitably have to touch it a bit on the lower part of the trail. Consider long pants if this concerns you or you’re very sensitive to it.

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