Lower Dewey Lake Trail is a 3 mile heavily 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: 3.0 miles Elevation Gain: 793 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

camping

cross country skiing

fishing

hiking

mountain biking

paddle sports

snowshoeing

bird watching

running

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.

hiking
15 days ago

Awesome Trail, very well maintained. Pretty easy and awesome views

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icy
snow
1 month ago

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icy
snow
2 months ago

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6 months ago

Great trail! For someone who lives in Oklahoma it's a wonderful and unforgetable expereience.

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8 months ago

Starts out steep but beautiful area!

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9 months ago

Trail starts steep but with fairly good footing by rocks and roots. Some loose gravel. Nice view of the lake, town, an mountians.

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9 months ago

This was the perfect way to (literally) step into some of the best of what Alaska scenery offers. Beautiful trail with lush greenery and a shimmering blue lake that's warm enough to take a swim during the summer months. Could have spent much longer exploring the offshoot trails, but the couple of hours around Dewey Lake will be forever remembered.

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rocky
10 months ago

If you want a great view of Skagway you just have a short semi-steep climb to get a great view over the boat harbor. As you continue on the lower Dewey lake trail, if you veer to the right you will have a straight walk to the end of the lake. As you come around the back side of the lake, it has a lot of large rocks that you have to traverse and a lot of walking over roots the entire way. . Probably not good for people who are not used to doing this type of activity.

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blowdown
10 months ago

Steep climb well worth the scenic view of Skagway. Also the lake is beautiful the trails around it and the water running through is so peaceful.

hiking
10 months ago

Accurate description - first approx. half mile is steep, then flattens out to a beautiful, scenic, very easy hike around the lake. The west side is very easy walking, the east side has a few climbs over roots and rocks that might be less comfortable for some people. You can do this hike in 2 hours or less from/to Skagway harbor. If you wish to extend, you can add the trail to Icy Lake and Reid Falls. Together, these trails fit into a day easily - we did both while our cruise ship docked in Skagway. If you have to pick just one, I recommend this over the Icy Lake/Reid Falls trail - it's definitely more scenic and rewarding views, a bit easier walking and a tick shorter, too. But both are beautiful.

10 months ago

Amazing views.

running
11 months ago

The "Description" and "Getting There" links for this trail are spot on. After the steep first half mile, it flattens out to a beautiful easy trail run. I stayed to the right and followed the signs and the view from the far end of the lake (near the hydro sign) are STUNNING. The opposite side of the lake was turned rocky and more like a hike in secrions. LOVED IT!

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rocky
11 months ago

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11 months ago

Dope trail. kind of a steep start but very nice up there. did it with two kids on carriers so went a little slower. definitely would recommend

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rocky
scramble
Sat Jun 01 2019

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Wed May 29 2019

Great trail. First 20 minutes straight uphill. The rest is a piece of cake.

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rocky
Wed May 22 2019

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Tue May 21 2019

Esta ruta es un circuito pequeño. Excelente para estirar las piernas y alejarse de las calles de turistas.

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Mon May 13 2019

Get ready for your legs to work. This short hike is steep and totally worth it. If you've got bad knees be prepared that down hill might not treat you too well. Fantastic views of a waterfall, the lake and lots of trees around. You won't be disappointed. Many edible plants along this trail in the summer so brush up and go forage.

Thu Dec 27 2018

The views after braking through the steep initial incline is pretty spectacular. Overlook pretty much all of Skagway. TONS of bear sign so be aware of your surroundings. I would love to do this hike again!

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Thu Aug 23 2018

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!

Fri Aug 17 2018

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

Fri Aug 10 2018

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

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Thu Aug 09 2018

多样化的地型,如果没有雨,那就爽了。但路有点短且爬升不多,我给三个星,应该评容易级。

Mon Jul 16 2018

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.

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Thu Jul 12 2018

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.

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Wed Jun 13 2018

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.

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