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Scout Ridge Trail is a 1.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Wasilla, Alaska that features beautiful wild flowers and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for walking, trail running, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.4 mi Elevation gain 173 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Kid friendly

Hiking

Nature trips

Walking

Running

Forest

Views

Wild flowers

Historic site

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Getting There

From the trailhead parking area you can walk or drive down the road to the Hayflats where toilets are available.

From Knik-Goose Bay Road mile 4 turn onto Fairview-Loop and continue for 2 miles to Hayfield Road and continue for 1 mile to the park entrance on the left (south) side of Hayfield Road. On the park road, continue to the parking lot on the left where the trail begins.

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Reviews (72)
Photos (22)
Recordings (52)
Completed (119)
Liliya Bogdanov
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Hiking

It was a fun hike with kids but be prepared for Lots of mosquitoes. We didn’t know and only sprayed our legs but mostly got bitten around the neck and head and arms! However very beautiful.

Melody Bocast
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HikingBugs

Quick and easy trail! Lots of mosquitoes.

Carissa Eastham
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Hiking

Great hike for young kids (mine are 4,6,9). Nice overlook views of the bay flats on one end of the the loop trail and pond at the other.

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Sadie Sandefur
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Hiking

Beautiful trail! Super easy hike and so perfect on a clear day

Season Kepfer
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Hiking

Nice easy trail. Minimal mud. Saw a moose and spruce hens.

Jessie W.
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HikingMuddy

Great wooded trail! First 2/3 mostly root branches and a foot trail, last 1/3 is a more widened path that is pretty muddy this time of year. Easy going!

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erin morrell
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HikingMuddy
Sierra Winter Cody Smith
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Soles Hampton
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Hiking

Great walk for kids. Traction devices needed once the trail get packed, summer time it can be pretty buggy.

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Matt Salisbury
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HikingMuddySnow

Good easy trail, went during break up so wet and sloshy. A couple of hills that are slick, but a beautiful overlook with a bench provided great spot to take in the scenery. Dog friendly, bring bags.

Joe Bellavance
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Hiking

Pleasantly surprised by this little gem here in my hometown of Wasilla. Features a creek that runs down off the ridge. Half forested ridge hike, half Hayflats hike. Easy with good Mountain Views and a good perspective of the Hayflats, being you can just wander out there into the nothingness. Food included a granola bar.

Kermit Rollins
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Hiking

nice and comfortable trail

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Mark Jackson
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Hiking

I must have done it wrong I followed the map an got to an atv dead end went passed it but didn't see any markers so I came back thru nice walk tho.

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Craig Jones
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HikingBugs

Short loop (somewhat mismapped in AllTrails). Obvious east/south side of the loop is from kiosk at east side of parking area (note Apple maps does not show the gravel road in to the refuge). Other end of loop comes in west side of parking lot, not a distance down the east/south side trail. Lookout is a short 400’ down the east trail (enter view structure from west side). Beyond that trail follows a ridgeline with lots of prominent tree roots. Before reaching the east end as mapped on AllTrails, trail turns left (look for brown trail signs about 9-10’ off the ground). Quick descent brings you to other side of loop, which follows an old road through forest. Short spur to north goes toward a small lake. At edge of refuge, trail turns left off old road (signs againup high on tree) and heads back to parking lot. Some decent flowers but main attraction is viewpoint to Border Ranges and Chugash Mts to ESE from viewpoint. Signs say another trail is down by the mudflats farther down the road (not in AllTrails).

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michael lawrence
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Hiking

dairy trail

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michael lawrence
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Hiking

if you're in the area, it's a nice little walk...otherwise, it's nothing to write home about.

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Kyrie Schryer
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Kate Wolanin
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Hiking

Super quick and fun. Lots of little y’s off the main trail to explore. A little muddy in some spots.

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drew collins
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short and sweet. saw 2 moose the other day.

Beverly Tallman
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Hiking

The latest snow fall makes this trail quite enjoyable but it’s still Icy in spots.

Ashton Dent
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Rebecca Hart
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Hiking

Easy trail in the winter, it is pretty icy right now. I didn't use cleats or spikes, but will if I go again before spring. It is hard to keep track of the trail at times, and there was a pretty steep hill to go down on the ice. I will be checking it out again in the summer.

Mandi Priebe
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Hiking

Nice easy hike through beautiful wooded area... but the roots are terrible! Wear proper shoes to support your ankles and be careful on the hills.

Rebecca Pfiffner
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Hiking

A lovely little hike that I was able to do with my 70 year old parents. It checked all the boxes we were hoping for in a hike — great views, lush forest setting, wildlife (bald eagle sighting!), manageable trail, a beautiful stream, and even some fun surprises like a cool old wreckage of some sort. The only downside were the mosquitos!!! They were awful! Be sure to pack bug spray!

Emily Streight
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Walking

nice view from the platform. I like the view on the flats better myself. It wasn't a problem for me but there are a lot of roots in the trail so pick up your toes. The time of year I was out on this little trail there were swarms of flies and mosquitos so bring your bug spray or wear the righ clothes.

Alonzo Menchaca
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very nice trail not to hard ...

Lian van der Weel
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The view is as always gorgeous, just make sure to wear proper hiking shoes / boots as it’s still pretty muddy in the end.

Jesus Rodriguez
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Hiking

it's pretty easy trail and beautiful sights. It's perfect for my slow self getting into hiking and getting conditioned.

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