Red Shirt Lake Trail is a 6.5 mile out and back trail located near Willow, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length6.5 miElevation gain918 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakeViews
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Gabriel Holohan
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HikingGreat!

Great for dog walking. If you’re going solo or with friends I’d recommend renting one of the canoes at the end to make it more worth your time.

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Emily Bena
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HikingGreat!

Great easy hike! Flat most of the way. Good for all ability levels and good for dogs. Nice to let the dogs swim in the lake at the end and do a little fishing. There are canoes for rental ($55 a day) and fire circles available for use.

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Sergio Acena
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Hiking

Nice mostly sunny day for a hike with the pup and were the only ones on the trail both ways. Trail is in very good shape and skeeters aren’t to bad either. There are a couple of burn areas from the Deska forest fire back in August 2019.

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Mary Olsen
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Hiking

7-9-2020 The trail is in very good shape. Even after a fairly heavy rainfall the day before, there were no significant areas of standing water. There are plenty of mosquitos, but nothing a little 100% Deet can’t handle.

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Clayton Reyes
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HikingBugs

This trail did not excite me at all kind of boring not much in the way ofAny

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Melissa Schneekloth
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HikingMuddySnow

Pretty muddy and smooshy snow. An impressive amount of moose poop but no moose sightings. Made it probably up to a quarter mile away of the lake until we turned around because of pooled water.

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c. maeve Kendall
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HikingBugsMuddy

Very easy trail with minor rolling hills—about an hour one way. It was raining and the trail was covered in fall leaves so a bit slippery. Lake is calm and pretty—friend caught a pike. Luckily not a ton of bugs in late September, but I’ve heard they’re BAD in summer.

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Sander Johnson
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HikingBugs

So many bugs!! But pretty flat and easy.

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Kate Wolanin
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Hiking

Trail is in great condition. Be prepared for mosquitoes!!! So many of those flying pests this time of year!

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Emily Streight
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very nice little trail.

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Christy Vaughn
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Hiking

Fun hike; two kids in tow- 4 year old and 2 year old. Carried the 2 year old in a backpack. Rolling hills- easy enough. Beautiful scenery. Some bear sign, saw no bears. We hiked in mid August after the weather had cooled significantly and the mosquitos were not as bad. Fun hike for family.

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Samantha Berg
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Hiking

My boyfriend & I rented a cabin out on the lake. We hiked in & it was hot, not many mosquitoes, but a ton of moths which we found very pretty. We got to the lake & got our canoe. It was our dogs first time in a canoe & it went super well. We arrived at our cabin shortly after. It was magical, so quiet & beautiful. Thank you to all the volunteers who keep this amazing place going. It was amazing.

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Jeff Russell
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Nice rolling trail. Beautiful lake at the end. Was hoping to catch a few pike but fishing wasn't very good that day.

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Lacey Hagerman
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Fishing

Nice easy hike that leads to beautiful Red Shirt Lake. That being said, the mosquitos were out in the hundreds when we went on this hike. The Pike fishing was awesome and the lake was gorgeous. Not a lot of people out on it because you have to hike to get to it, so great if you want to get away from the crowds. On the hike back the mosquitos weren't nearly as bad; but still, be prepared!

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Jessie Litwin
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Lisha Antiqua
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Chad Wilts
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Elly Mayo
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Larissa Locke
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Bruce Giffen
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Charlene Johnson
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Charlene Johnson
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Kyle Densmore
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Kyle Densmore
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Anna Yurkova
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Charlene Johnson
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MaryEllen Sinclair
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Kristin Bridges
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