Mount Gordon Lyons Trail

MODERATE 24 reviews
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Mount Gordon Lyons Trail is a 3.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Eagle River, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,400 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

snowshoeing

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

muddy

historic site

This trail basically mirrors Rendezvous Peak Trail, but this trail takes a left towards the less used trail at the saddle. The trail is quite easy for most people and there is a small spring fed creek for most of the way up the valley. If you want a good 360 view of Anchorage, Eagle River, and the South Fork Valley this trail will allow that without a lot of effort. You also get a good view of the Site Summit where they used to hold Nike Missiles years ago. As a side note -Do not trespass on the military instillation which borders the trail near the trail head, you could be fined if you are caught.

hiking
2 days ago

This was an absolutely perfect day for hiking this trail. Beautiful views, a few varying temperatures but hey that’s what you get in Alaska. One thing I wish I had known prior to arrival was that there is a $5 fee to park at the lodge area. This was my first time hiking the trail and had to make a decision at the fork in the trail as to go left or right. Decided to go right which took us up the path along the ski lift. That path is fairly vertical and will wear you out fast with the gain in elevation. Not for the novice hiker in my opinion or if you want a more leisure hike. Once to the top there were spectacular views of all the changing colors of the landscape below. It is solemnly quiet at the top. Started at 5 pm so the clouds began gently rolling in and gave an amazing show as they crept across the tops and through some of the saddles. Also we found the easier trail that has far less elevation gain up to the ridge-line-between the two peeks. After taking in the spectacular show of the sunlight through the clouds, we headed down the backside ridge-line and followed the spring track. The mountain spring was flowing gently and provided some great sounds. The sun was beginning to get pretty low and provided breathtaking scenery at a much more enjoyable descent. There were 6-7 people we crossed paths with on the hike. I would highly recommend this for someone likes evening hikes for how gorgeous the day was. If you plan on hiking this trail on a wet day make sure you have good shoes or boots. Well worth the work to get to the top.

hiking
2 months ago

Great day hike near the old Nike Missile Site across from JBER and amazing views of the Anchorage bowl area. My son and I followed the ridge over to Highland Mt from Gordon Lyon for a view of downtown Eagle River. Gordon Lyon definitely steeper on the backside!

Snack bar at the trail head and lodge available to rent. They have had trouble with vehicle break-ins here so I recommend going on the weekend when there’s more people. Watch out for cow parsnip at the beginning of the trail -toxic to humans and pets. Trail accessible from Arctic Valley Rd (open from 0600-2200).

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike. Close to Anchorage and suitable for many.

hiking
2 months ago

Heck. This hike is nicely steep but the view is so amazing!! Well worth the sweat on a nice day.

backpacking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Great place to get out in nature but many much better hikes available all around the area.

hiking
Sunday, July 16, 2017

We went on a fight day! Have to go back when the sun is out!

hiking
Saturday, June 24, 2017

Good hike, nothing technical. Would be better if the suns out. Today it was cloudy and nothing to see but clouds. The café at the trail head was open which is nice for after a hike. Dogs welcome. There are several trails leading up the valley from but all lead up, so pick one and follow it. From the top of the saddle to the summit, its a little steep but nothing to crazy. Hiking in the clouds made it seem like several false summits. But after about 20-25 minutes I finally made it. Hopefully next time the suns out.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Great after work hike!

snowshoeing
Monday, March 13, 2017

Good hike, the trail to the base of the mtn is groomed. Ski's would have been a lot of fun and super easy coming down.

hiking
Monday, February 27, 2017

Really enjoyed how peaceful this hike is. Its a quiet peak compared to the busy Mt. Rendezous trail if you take the right at the saddle. Its a nice place to get a good view of the South Fork valley or Anchorage.

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Friday, August 05, 2016