Williwaw Lakes Trail is a 16.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Anchorage, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is best used from June until August. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length16.1 miElevation gain2,585 ftRoute typeOut & back
Dogs on leashHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingLakeViews
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Jason Opheim
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Rock climbing

Snow, Ice, loose rock made this a challenging hike but the day was really nice. started hiking at 8am with 22°. some route finding involved. Great views, lots of sidehilling.

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Jonathan Gonzalez
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HikingGreat!
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Katy Foster
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Walking

A lovely walk about through a beautiful mountain pass... even in the rain! Mostly flat and then some rocks towards the end as you near the end of the trail. Great for a day hike or camping out by the lakes.

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Monette Schwoerer
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Hiking

Snack bell!

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Chicho Ocariz
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Hiking

overgrown in some patches, but easy to follow, almost not steep .

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Loisi Vailea
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Hiking

Great trail. Beautiful day to hike out to Williwaw Lakes. Strange year, some of the fall colors are starting to come in and the fireweed has barely bloomed. Still gorgeous out there and worth the miles.

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Mikaela Magbanua
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HikingNo shade

Beautiful! Went up little O’Malley and followed a trail next to O’Malley peak.

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Jason Opheim
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HikingBugs
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Bradley Jacobi
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Hiking

Great hike with some amazing views and scenery. Fairly easy overall and moderate uphill most of the way. Can be muddy in spots once you get more towards the lakes. We camped near the lakes and it was very windy at night. Overall great hike and a most do for the anchorage area.

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sarah lucas
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HikingMuddy

Beautiful hike with one of the best destinations I’ve seen. There were some really muddy and wet parts on the way there though. It started raining at the turnaround point and everything got really muddy and slippery but still a great time.

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Emily Anderson
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HikingNo shade

Really great hike. We went up near little O’Malley and through the baseball fields. It was a good elevation gain with lots of different terrain. Wear your sunscreen because the sun is pretty intense with little shade.

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Nathan Backs
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HikingIcy
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Mike Hanks
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HikingFeeSnow
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Gabriella Wilden
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Hiking

It was utterly beautiful. We saw lots of wildlife, even mountain goats. The trail was very muddy. Lots of sitting water.

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c. maeve Kendall
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Hiking

I took the long walk to Williwaw lakes and then decided to try to go back over the ballpark to the other side of O’Malley. The trail in between the peaks looked completely impossible for me and my pooches, so we ended up wandering off trail up the back of little O’Malley and then back down through marsh to get back on trail. Strongly advise staying ON trail this time of year—-we easily could have become bear food! Aside from that, this trail is amazing and I love it. Lots of Dahl sheep on the mountains and some moose wandering near by. Plenty of signs of bears too so bring your bells and spray and stay alert!

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Simone Guest
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Hiking

Did the loop from Glen Alps trailhead over the Ballpark, up to the pass overlooking Long Lake, then back down Williwaw Lakes trail and to parking lot via Middle Fork. Total of 14.2 miles and 3730ft ascent/descent in just under 6 hours. A beautiful trail, the climb up to the Ballpark is a tough start, and the descent down the other side is a bit steep on scree (but fairly short), but we managed fine without our trekking poles. Otherwise the trail was in great shape. Would recommend getting to the upper Williwaw valley as far as you have time for (i.e. above the junction with the Ballpark trail) as the lakes are more beautiful further up, in my opinion at least. The trail is a bit harder to follow in places further up, but you can't go too far wrong. The last lake before the pass would be a perfect spot for a dip, if a little chilly! Saw loads of Dall sheep, including at close quarters in the upper valley at about 9am - before they'd moved up the slopes. And 2 moose in the lower valley later on.

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amanda taylor
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HikingBugs

We didn’t complete this trail but the fireweed was stunning and you got to hear the river as it flowed down. There is electric pole and not completely out in country but stunning still. I would complete this if given more time.

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Lai Haz
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HikingMuddyRocky

Beautiful view! took the whole family out for this hike. My daughter's legs were hurting because it was 16 miles, but other than that was a fun hike. There was alot of bugs and there was muddy and rocky parts but wasn't bad. After getting to the lake, we played there for a while because it was 90 degrees lol

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Jared Keeling
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HikingMuddy

07.03.19 Stick to the main trail and follow it to the lakes. The AllTrails version inaccurately shows you crossing the creek, which will take you through lots of marsh and thigh-high brush as you follow a moose trackway. I attempted it on the way back. There is a trail system of sorts leading away from the lakes, but it seems to be only to get to some prime spots for camping, not back to the trailhead! It gradually tapers off until you reach the last flat camping spots where the moose trackway begins. It is very sloppy and leads nowhere. I eventually had to give up and trudge through bushes, seeking rocks I could hop and skip across the creek on. Not fun and quite exhausting. Anyway, definitely a favorite hike for this area. Saw very few people and lots of ongoing trail work. Conditions were quite muddy in a few sections on the main trail, but manageable. Dog owners: Water is sparse at the beginning. It was 78° and sunny when we began, so my dogs were pretty hot by the time we reached the creek crossing near the Williwaw Lakes junction. As always, watch for critters; we came across an impressive bull moose that was across the creek minding his business perhaps 150' away.

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James Spillane
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Hiking

nice easy hike, lots of sun! kids loved it, saw 4 moose.

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Katie Bozone
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BackpackingMuddySnow

My friends and I went backpacking May 14th-15th. The trail was a little bit muddy at the beginning. Near the lakes there was a lot of snow that covered the path. We couldn’t find the path and often had to post hole through the snow. Bring an extra pair of shoes or just extra socks because your shoes will get muddy. It wasn’t too windy or too cold during the night. We stayed warm and dry through the night. The only wildlife we saw were 52 Dall sheep on the mountainside. We saw the tracks of a moose that had followed us out, but didn’t see the moose. We didn’t do the loop trail. We went to the left of the mountain and through the valley. It was around 5.5 miles to the lake making it 11 miles round trip.

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Robert Glenn
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HikingMuddySnow

Hiked to the lakes on 11 May. First half of the trail was mostly dry with some marshy spots on the back half of the middle fork trail. After making the turn East for the lakes, the trail was about 1/4 snow with typical post hiking in the afternoon warmth. Couldn’t find any good spots to camp overnight near the lakes since it was windy, snowing lightly, and completely exposed. Doubled back and found a spot amongst the trees near a sinkhole. Saw lots of moose tracks and some bear tracks on the trail near our site the next morning. Overall, the hike has incredible views, not packed with other hikers but saw some with fur friends, and you’ll probably soak your feet right now in the mud and snow. Would definitely do this hike again!

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AKADVTIME M
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Backpacking

Did this last weekend. Some muddy spots. Great views in the valley.

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Stephanie Olsen
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Hiking

one of my favorite summer hikes. I start at the glen alps trail head and follow middle fork until the sign for wiliwaw lakes. This makes the hike just over 12 miles instead of 16.

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Valesa Linnean
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Great hiking trail with moderate terrain. It's a great place to bring the kids and dogs.

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Chris P
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Did the O’Malley loop that takes you the base of O’Malley. Nice fun hike.

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