Skilak Lookout and Bear Mountain Trail is a 4 mile out and back trail located near Cooper Landing, Alaska that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking.
Thoroughly enjoyed our fall hike on the lightly used Skilak Lookout trail (Bear Mtn trail is a nearby 1 mile loop which we have yet to do). Hike is on the easy side of moderate. Stretches of the trail can be rather wet so it's a good idea to wear waterproof hiking shoes and expect to get a little muddy. Also bear in mind the weather can change quickly in this region. We started off peeling layers in an unusually warm afternoon and a little over an hour were later were donning them all and looking for raincoats and protection from the chilly wind.
I would consider this a moderate trail, not easy bc it was a climb. But the views at the top are priceless. Beautiful views of the lake and mountains. You can never get enough of that glacier teal waters. Q
We completed this trail last week. Absolutely one the most beautiful short trails there existing. We saw a mama black bear and two cubs at the beginning of the trail. They were far enough off for us to get through. The beginning is through a forested area, so the mosquitoes are many, then they slack off a lot. The views are unforgettable, and I will add some pictures. Enjoy!
The trip to get here is worth it! The hike is not that difficult. The views are absolutely breathtaking. Be aware if bear season. Also check the weather beforehand. Trails are very slick if wet and cloud cover can obstruct view. however, still incredible and worth it!
The Skilak Lake lookout trial is an easy-moderate hike. The view from the end is breathtaking. Make sure to keep an eye out for signs of bears. They love the berries that grow here.