Skilak Lookout Trail

MODERATE 19 reviews

Skilak Lookout Trail is a 4.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cooper Landing, Alaska that offers scenic views and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from May until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
4.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
816 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dogs on leash

birding

hiking

nature trips

walking

views

hiking
11 days ago

Great view at the end of the trail but it’s a narrow trail. Gets overgrown later in the summer. Also BRING BUG SPRAY.!.!.!.

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful views along the way but definitely worth making it to the top. 360 degree views weather was amazing yesterday for this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

We did this trail and there are still a bit of snow on the ground on the way up but it all melted by the time we came back down. You go through a little bit of low tree area and then as you round the hillside you come into view of Skilak lake. Can you turn in towards the mountain and start up some nice switchbacks before you head up the final shoot that takes your round on to the hilltop.

What I’ve always liked about this hike the many times I’ve done it, Is the constant you a Skilak lake And the surrounding mountains throughout most of the hike. Then when you get to the hilltop it’s a great place to kick back and enjoy your snack. Hold onto your hat though because sometimes it gets incredibly windy up top.

Aside: years ago I meat the trail workers that were in the process of clearing trees and brush to put in the switchbacks that you use to transition from the hillside to the mountain. College students. All wresting various levels of gear - but all with neckties. They said they wore the neckties for formal pictures. Sort of their trademark. I love that picture.

hiking
4 months ago

Very fun trail with some amazing views at the top! Went in late September so the trail was pretty muddy--wear good boots and probably bring a stick for the way down. We heard/scared off a bear during the middle of the hike and saw tons of bear prints all the way up. 10/10 would recommend this hike!

9 months ago

it's narrow, muddy, and a bunch of bugs but the views are stunning

hiking
10 months ago

Stumbled upon a black bear very early in the hike. The bear ran off. Continued on. The view from the top and about half way up is beautiful

11 months ago

It was a great hike with amazing views! Very muddy at the bottom.

hiking
11 months ago

I added this trail as a new trail, because the only other one (that I could find anyway) is combined with Bear Mountain, which is a completely different trail. I enjoyed this trail because of the view at the top. This was my 1st hike in AK, so I think I chose a good one to start out with. Little muddy at the bottom in spots but was able to walk to the side and stay pretty much mud-free the entire trip. Took me about 3 hours in total, and that included some extra lounging and photo-taking time. Did not see any wildlife at all.

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