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Reed Lakes Trail is a 8.7 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Sutton, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from April until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length 8.7 mi Elevation gain 2,247 ft Route type Out & Back

Dog friendly

Camping

Hiking

Nature trips

Rock climbing

Bird watching

Running

Lake

Views

Waterfall

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Rocky

Scramble

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Varied terrain, first two miles is well maintained, then move into a more rugged trail as you head deeper into the mountains. Several boulder fields.

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Reviews (317)
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Jake Cavaiani
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HikingOver grownRockyScramble

This is a must do trail in AK. We decided to head out from the Goldmint Trailhead and made our way up the valley towards Mint hunt. The trails meanders along the Little Susitna River with beautiful wild flowers and for the first 4 to 5 miles is very well maintained and wide. As you pass mile 5 the trails starts to get muddy and covered with dense veg so make sure to be bear aware! As you approach a beautiful waterfall coming down the mountain you hook left and your very steep 1 mile ascent begins around mile 8 towards Mint Hut. Don’t let this deter you as the views from Mint Hut are stunning and you suddenly feel like you’ve been transported to the Swiss alps. We decided to trek on towards Bomber Hut as that’s where our destination was for the night. Our scramble up towards backdoor gap was no joke but the views were well worth it as we were surrounded by razor sharp peaks and rewarded with a view of Jewel lake. Making our way over the pass we put our spikes on and switch backed on the glacier towards Bomber Hut. Bomber Hut was absolutely stunning as it sits right at the base of the valley over looking a beautiful kettle lake. Day 2 our plans were to make it to Reed Trail trailhead. We scrambled our way to Bomber Glacier as we passed the Bomber wreckage where a plane crashed in 1957. As we appreciated and respected this tragic event frozen in time we traversed up over Bomber pass. The views over looking Upper Reed Lake highlight just how stunning Alaska truly is. The sparking blue lake reflects the snow capped jagged peaks surrounding it. We made our way down the pass and towards the trailhead where we were met with a good amount of traffic as many people were day hiking to the Reed lakes. About 3 miles of road walking separates the trailheads so plan ahead if you want to skip this part. Overall a 10/10 hike that offers a variety of scenery and landscapes and truly captures the essence of Alaska.

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Mindy Latteier
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HikingMuddy

Incredibly beautiful views up and down. Be prepared to add extra time for lots of pictures!! We rode bikes the first couple miles in then locked them up and proceeded on foot. It was so nice to ride out the last couple miles. Many people have mentioned taking dogs but be aware there are a lot of large boulders to scramble over and we saw a few dogs struggling. If you do take your dog be sure you are able to lift them if needed.

Taryn Hoover
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Hiking

Hard to find and stay on the bomber trail after the upper lake. Beautiful views but we almost got seriously injured or died trying to go up. Really wanted to find the bomber but no success

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Rach B
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HikingRocky

Pretty

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Katherine Sherk
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HikingBugsFeeGreat!MuddyNo shadeRockyScramble

Amazing trail! Very gradual incline. Only difficult part is maneuvering around the boulders in a few spots. ****all trails says this hike is 8.7 miles round trip with over 2,000 elevation gain, but my Apple Watch calculated only 7.06 miles with a little over 1,500 ft. *****

Savanna Simmerman
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful and unique hike. I was worried about the boulders because my dog has never crossed anything like them. He ended up doing just fine (German Shepard sized dog) with some guidance and we had a blast. Once you are at the lower lake it seems you might as well go up and around the waterfall because the upper lake isn’t much further. :)

Heather Swartz
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HikingBugsMuddy
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Emma Arana
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HikingMuddyRocky

Very long hike. Seems never ending but amazing view. The boulder is long.

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K M
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Hiking

Gorgeous hike. Miss living in Alaska for places like this. Did the hike with three kids and a dog. Some boulder hopping over running water can be hairy with a little one in a backpack but our six and eight year olds hiked the trail on their own and did fine.

Alyssa Helland
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HikingFeeRockyScramble

This is hands down one of my favorite hikes!!!! HOWEVER, it is a challenge. The boulder fields are no joke. It is a difficult trail but the views are so so worth it! There were a lot of people with dogs on the trail, I personally would never bring my dog. I’d be way too nervous on the boulder hopping but apparently it can be done.

Alex Davis
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HikingFeeMuddyRocky

great trail! walking, hiking, climbing over rocks, crossing big streams, glacial lakes, jackpot! there are plenty of spots in the middle 2 miles where you have to trust that you're just going the right direction, otherwise you'll water a lot of time "staying on trail" when the specifics are a bit inconsequential. once you pass the rock fields we found out to be easier to stay to the right of the stream and then hop across before the river gets too wide. others had indicated that following the trail here as well wasn't worth the effort. if you're not feeling nimble though, you may want to just take your time on the left of the stream to avoid crossing the stream. otherwise it seems that a hiking pole is a good idea for stability and for some of the slopes later on in case things get a little slick with some high foot traffic. enjoy this one!

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Stephen Breining
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BackpackingRocky

this trail is amazing, absolutely beautiful, the boulder fields are a little challenging in spots , when you get to lower Reed lake just amazing

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Philip Cole
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HikingMuddyRockyScramble
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Matt Kilburn
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HikingFeeMuddyScrambleSnow

Completed 7/13/2020. This trail is an Alaskan must-do. Beautiful views the whole way that continue to amaze the further you go. This trail is also nice because you can enjoy the views without constantly looking down at your feet or trail. The trail was pretty well maintained but be ready for a boulder scramble, mud patches, and a few snow crossings. The boulders would have made it a bit tough for our dog, but we saw some other more athletic ones on the trail but with assistance. Made it to the upper lake today which was still 90% frozen, but the lower is about 90% clear. Would absolutely recommend to anyone at anytime (we came down at 11:45pm and got back to car at 1:30 am)

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