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Near Point from Basher

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Chugach State Park

Near Point from Basher is a 6.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anchorage, Alaska that offers scenic views 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: 6.3 miles Elevation Gain: 2,250 feet Route Type: Out & Back

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

snowshoeing

walking

bird watching

running

views

This is one of the three main ways to get to Near Point. Others include the shorter route from Stuckagain Heights and another route from the Prospect Heights trailhead. The first part of the trail can be muddy. Ice grippers are a must in winter for the step sections.

hiking
bugs
1 day ago

hiking
9 days ago

Trail in great condition, good hike for a sunny day to enjoy the sun!

hiking
muddy
off trail
private property
9 days ago

On the way up we took the basher trail head. On the way back we ended up trying to avoid mud then took the trail that leads to a neighborhood and walked back to the car. It was muddy give it a week it should dry out but it was a worthwhile hike!!!

hiking
11 days ago

Nice trail, almost completely dry, just some muddy patches. Beautiful view

muddy
19 days ago

Really great conditions today on 5/9. The first mile or so is muddy. The trail definitely splits and is unmarked once you start to get above tree line, but don't worry, either way gets you to the top at about the same time. We took the trail to the right and it was steep but doable from there. Be ready for many, many false tops.

hiking
flooded
muddy
19 days ago

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

I started at about 3:30pm and there was very minimal people on the trail. It’s still pretty muddy in a lot of places with a few small snow patches to go through closer to the top. Pretty easy going until the last mile when it gets steep. Great views from the top!

hiking
icy
muddy
1 month ago

hiking
icy
muddy
snow
1 month ago

Very easy first 2.6 miles through wooded areas until it goes steep and vertical. Most of the trail is packed down and hard snow so it’s easy to walk on- some visible thawing mud- but kahtoolas were needed to not slip. Very windy at the top but the views were worth it!! It is so much fun to glissade down from the peak and down to the woods! The creek is thawed and running. Saw maybe a dozen or so ptarmigan at the peak!

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Fun trail fairly easy the first 2.5 miles. And then it gets steep, but a good trail. Spikes and trekking poles would help

hiking
1 month ago

For the most part, this trail was not too difficult. It becomes harder as you are trying to reach the summit. Once there, it was very windy out. I did not have techy gloves on so when I pulled my phone out to take a picture, my hand felt the sting of the cold. Overall, great workout with beautiful views.

hiking
snow
2 months ago

This is a great winter hike. Near the top it gets a bit tiring but the view is amazing.

snowshoeing
off trail
snow
2 months ago

Was a beautiful trail even in the winter! We got about 2.5 miles in before I lost the trail in the snow. Even following GPS was difficult because if you weren't on THE trail you were waist deep in snow. I wanted to get to the top but we were too tired to try and find our way in snowshoes.

hiking
muddy
no shade
6 months ago

hiking
muddy
over grown
rocky
10 months ago

Near Point from Basher wasn't terrible, but it was very overgrown and still muddy in some spots about 2/3 to the top. If you don't like narrow trails with thick brush on either side, you might want to avoid this trail. Once closer to the top, the foliage thins out and the trail become steep and rocky. Views from the top were great (as on most AK hikes) and the mild 65 degree temps kept us fairly comfortable. In all, it was a decent hike and not too challenging. However, the overgrown foliage made the trail hard to see at times and gave it a spooky vibe. Definitely take bear bells (or an air horn) and something for defense. There was fur from a brownie in several places and a HUGE pile of bear scat on the trail.

hiking
Sat Apr 27 2019

Trail still snowed above the tree line, don’t take the loop back the trail isn’t marked well, I ended up breaking a lot of wet deep snow to stay on the trail.

hiking
muddy
Sun Mar 31 2019

hiking
Wed Feb 06 2019

Trail was in pretty good condition! Up until you get close to the peak it’s well enough maintained. Gorgeous view at the top!

hiking
Tue Jan 15 2019

Nice easy winter hike with a lot of animal tracks. We saw fox, lynx, and rabbit tracks and 6 moose.

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