Lower Dewey Lake Trail

MODERATE 74 reviews

Lower Dewey Lake Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Skagway, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.0 miles
793 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



cross country skiing



mountain biking

paddle sports


trail running






wild flowers




over grown




This trail switchbacks steeply for about 500 feet (0.5 mile) along the forested hillside. Not far up the trail there is a rock bench which provides a view of town and the harbor. The trail winds past a city reservoir and then continues on to the Lower Dewey Lake loop. This trail switchbacks steeply for about 500 feet (0.5 mile) along the forested hillside. Not far up the trail there is a rock bench which provides a view of town and the harbor. The trail winds past a city reservoir and then continues on to the Lower Dewey Lake loop. A rolling trail along the west side of the lake leads to an earthen levee and spillway and continues on to the rougher and narrower east side of the loop. Good views of the Twin Dewey Peaks (5,410 ft) may be had from all points of the lake. A number of picnic tables lay along the trail and sandy beach spots provide opportunities for swimming, fishing and non-motorized boating. Northern Coastal Forest This hillside is covered with dense stands of alder, cottonwood, hemlock and Sitka spruce, most of which are second-growth. Understory plants such as mosses, ferns and devils club flourish in the mild marine climate. Wildflowers: A multitude of dazzling wildflowers can be seen including Bunchberry, Clasping Twisted-Stalk and Starry Cassiope. Animals: Keep an eye out for American Dippers, Varied Thrushes (known for the various pitched whistles sounding in the forest), Tree Swallow and Spruce Grouse. Additional Information Time: 1-2 hours round trip Rating: Moderate Distance: 0.5 miles (0.72 km) to lake 2.7 miles (4.4 km) around lake Elevation Gain: 500 ft (150 meters) Lower Dewey Lake Overnight camping is permissible around Lower Dewey Lake. Permits are not required. Build fires only in designated fire pits and never leave a fire. You are in bear country! Stay alert, make noise and do not approach or feed bears. Try to keep food smells away from bears. If you do encounter a bear, stay calm, talk calmly and firmly, back away slowly and never run.

1 day ago

A pleasant hike in the woods. The climb at the beginning is a bit of a slog, but the trip around the lake is lovely. An 80-minute hike, at my pace, with a few stops.

25 days ago

Pretty trail with a good incline to start! The trail around the lake is relatively easy. The ground to the left is uneven and you may have to crawl over rocks here and there, but the right side is much more maintained. There aren’t any GRAND mountain views, which I was hoping for, but you will see the mountains as you walk around the lake. It was a pretty and simple trail. I wish I’d had more time so I could have done the upper lake. We started up, to reach a view point of Skagway. The trail to upper lake is basically straight up, and I wouldn’t recommend going up to the “viewpoint” unless you plan to do the entire trail! If you’re looking for nice mountain views of the peaks surrounding Skagway, this hike will leave you wanting more. If you’re looking to stretch your legs and see a pretty lake, this is for you! I don’t think this hike is quite a 3, but I’m not giving it a 4 because the only reason I’d do it again would be to get to upper lake! Still a nice, enjoyable hike!

1 month ago

Great trail with outstanding views the whole way. Watch your step & Take your time. Bad knees should avoid as the downhill is steep.

Hard, but totally worth it! Went half way towards devils punch bowl but sadly the weather turned bad.

1 month ago


2 months ago

Beautiful hike to a lake on a well maintained trail. Very peaceful and serine. Easy access from cruise port. Ended up going all the way to Upper Reid Falls for a 5.5 our pack trip. Well worth it.

2 months ago

Steep first 500 ft but the lake is totally gorgeous! Once you get to the lake trail its such a fun walk: picnic spots, tiny off trail islands, good rock skipping, wildflowers, a cliff jumping stop, rock scramble and various other cool views. Great way to see a beautiful place very close to the main downtown if you're bored with the countless jewelry stores and tourist traps downtown.

3 months ago

It is nice like all the other reviewers state. But it is also worth noting that there is the never ending sound of tourists tour helicopters flying over head.

3 months ago


4 months ago

GORGEOUS Hike!!! I just got into town and hiked it last night, I’m in awe of how beautiful the woods are here.

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Do this trail every year. Great for all levels of hikers

Tuesday, June 20, 2017

This was a really gorgeous hike. We were able to walk here from Port while visiting on a Cruise.

Tuesday, June 13, 2017

It's a tough first 30 min, but then it's amazing

Thursday, July 21, 2016

Very easy, make sure you hike about a tenth of a mile (or shorter) up to a rock lookout when you get to the lake by the bridge. It has a beautiful view of the snowcapped mountain.

Monday, July 11, 2016

like the hike, easy to do even if you are not fit for hiking.

Friday, July 08, 2016

Easy trail, not too strenuous. A bit of an elevation gain at first, but after that fairly smooth sailing. Like others below, didn't go the whole way around the lake because it all looks just about the same. If you're feeling adventurous, best to try the Upper Dewey as well!

Monday, June 27, 2016

Beautiful lake once you get to the top. Very quick elevation gain to start the trip. We didn't bother with the full loop with as small of a lake as it was, as we figured the view was the same all around.

Saturday, June 25, 2016

First hike and I'm not very sporty. Made a loop around the lake. without rush, taking pictures of every rock and flower took me 2 hours both ways. Will go again. Further side of the lake is a bit harder: more roots and rocks to climb over.

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Nice trail, well maintained. Easy enough that I think anyone could do it.

cross country skiing
Saturday, August 29, 2015

Great hike. Beautiful weather. Trail is wide and easy on one side, with the opposite side more difficult being on the "upside" of the mountain. Great views of surrounding peaks above the tree line.
Great to hike at elevation when usually at sea level at or around swamps In Florida!!

trail running
Monday, July 06, 2015

Trail run while in port with Princess cruise. Beautiful scenery.

Monday, June 15, 2015

The weather was perfect for mid June. Made the hike very enjoyable!

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Steep. But fun. Totally worth it if you have the chance

Thursday, August 07, 2014

While in Skagway on a princess cruise, we decided to take a hike around lower Dewey Lake. What a beautiful hike along an easy trail. Enjoy this 2 -3 hour hike.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Easy hike! It was a cold September in Skagway, and to escape the freezing wind howling through the fjord, we decided to take a hike in the protection of the trees. It was a great idea! We went up the steep incline (not very far) to Lower Dewey Lake. It was nearing dusk when we got up there and we did't loop the lake. My sister was working there for the summer and spent many evenings hiking up there with friends. She knew the trail well, and it was very easy to follow. What fun! Great afternoon in Skaquay!

Sunday, January 27, 2013

I visited Lower Dewey Lake, Icy Lake, Upper Reid Falls, and Upper Dewey Lake (never made it to Sturgill's Landing or Devil's Punchbowl) in the summer of 2007. A fabulous way to spend a half or a full day, or even just a quick morning or evening hike, depending on which of the numerous options you choose.

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