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Mount Alyeska is a 4.2 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Girdwood, Alaska that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until August.

Length 4.2 mi Elevation gain 1,998 ft Route type Out & Back

Hiking

Nature trips

Bird watching

Forest

Views

Wildlife

Bugs

Scramble

Snow

No dogs

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Reviews (190)
Photos (90)
Recordings (151)
Completed (349)
Matt Kilburn
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Hiking

Completed 7/12/20. Nice trail all the way up and in good conditions. Took the tram down so only hiked the 2.1 miles up. Good views and a beer/cocktail/drink at the restaurant at the top is a good reward. Cheers!

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Joya McElroy
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Hiking

such a beautiful hike, I know it says moderate but it is pretty steep. take your time the view is worth it. didn't see any wildlife, only water. tool the entire family, all 6 of us. had a great time.

alyssa cummins
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Hiking

I am by no means an experienced hiker but I think I would rather get mauled by a pack of grizzly bears than have to hike this trail again. Great views, pretty streams, and straight uphill.

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Chantica Runyon
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Hiking

Awesome trail! I would say it’s moderate level because it’s not a technical hike, but like everyone else says it’s very steep. Even my dogs were out of breath! Didn’t see any animals out there, but the views were breathtaking.

Jessica M.
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Hiking

I found this trail to be fairly difficult — 2 miles up, and the latter third is stairs (good condition) and switchbacks. Saw a moose and some rewarding views! Grabbing a beer at the deli and then taking the free team back down to save my knees to hike another day.

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Elisabeth Bomhof
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Hiking

definitely a steep trail with lots of switchbacks, but beautiful and worth it!

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Chrystal Stephan
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HikingMuddy

I normally don’t write reviews but I would list this as a hard hike. It is short but a very steep 2.2 miles. It was also muddy but we expected this as it was raining a bit. Beautiful area and views.

Kelley Reis
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Hiking

Incredible! challenging and rewarding. The switchbacks are killer toward the top, after the first mile, the endurance begins. The views are spectacular, the fall colors are coming out. The tram ride down is very welcomed. Definitely recommend!

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Zachary Marshall
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Fun hike. Would definitely do it again.

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Annette G.
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Adam Gilmore
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Hiking

It’s about a 2 hour hike up, great views along the way. Nothing technically challenging, just a long steady climb! Nice views at top + great restaurant. Free tram ride down.

Lisa Selph
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HikingNo shade

Did this on a 75 degree day and it was uncomfortably hot hiking up a trail that was on the hard end of moderate in my opinion (but I'm 60+ and not in super condition). There was a Mama moose and calf on the trail and we waited about 30 minutes for them to move (watching other hikers try various strategies). of course the cold drinks and view available up top, along with the free tram ride down helped, but not sure I'd do it again.

Maritza Andicoechea
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Hiking

I’d recommend it. If you’re prone to altitude sickness, beware. I am from Hawaii and started feeling sick towards the end. Pack a lot of water too!

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beth hendrickson
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Hiking

Went up north face and took road down . Beautiful views!!!

Jen Hitchcock
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Quick trip up and a nice break since we were driving from Anchorage to Seward. Time to stretch our legs and see more of beautiful Alaska. Girdwood is a cute tourist /ski town. The hike: Steady incline the whole way up to the restaurant at the top. Opted to go up another little hill to where the lift area is. Took the free tram back to the hotel when we were finished.

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hilary gans
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HikingBridge out

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Andrew Ogwang
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Hiking

Beautiful sceneries

Hannah Dorfman
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HikingRocky
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Alexandra P.
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Katharina Zellmann
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HikingBugs
Living With Joy
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HikingBugs

Great views. Can be steep. Riding the tram down was a great reward.

Ash M
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HikingBugsRocky

Moderate/Hard ... lots of bug spray / DEET and expect a steep climb at the end

Clara Baldwin
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The view is worth it! so much BUGS and the kinds that bite. Lather up on deet and stay hydrated; high temperature.

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