Lower Dewey Lake Trail

MODERATE 33 reviews

Lower Dewey Lake Trail is a 3.1 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.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
944 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

birding

camping

canoeing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

snowshoeing

trail running

cross country skiing

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

muddy

over grown

rocky

scramble

snow

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.

11 days ago

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

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1 month ago

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

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

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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.

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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!

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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.

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Wednesday, May 25, 2016

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