Explore the most popular trails near Anchorage with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

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hiking
15 hours ago

So fun! Be prepared to scramble up some rocks towards the top. Very crowded the day we went.

nature trips
1 day ago

I couldn’t believe how beautiful the Creek and the beautiful tall trees with moss. It’s the rain forest of Alaska.

hiking
1 day ago

Legs are on fire, wonderful hike. We were not able to reach the top because of high wind.

Great trail for the whole family. Very scenic and long enough to feel like you've gotten in a good amount of activity. Take a small snack to chow while enjoying the lake before turning back toward the trailhead. Can be a bit windy at the lake so bring sleeves if you plan to take in the scenery. On the right day you will see sheep toward the lake. Moose are often nearby. We love this trail!

hiking
3 days ago

This was a beautiful hike to the lakes and a small waterfall at the end. Definitely worth it. We didn’t encounter any wild life on the way up, but on the way back we came across 8 moose at random points close along the trail. One was on the trail’s bridge & didn’t want to budge, so we had to cross the small river on foot down stream. Bring bear mace just in case.

BEAUTIFUL! One of my first Anchorage experiences...

Recommend being prepared for ground conditions though, to feel a little less nervous about the climb up. :D

Love this trail all year round! So much to do and see.

Super chill, fun to watch animals, and just relax.

hiking
4 days ago

So beautiful in the winter, and summer, and spring, and fall... It's a great place.

There’s about 5 miles or so of unpaved road, mostly gravels, to the parking area by the trail head. Some part of the road is muddy and wet. It’s middle of June and we still have to hike over some snow. The view up top is amazing though. It’s all worth it at the end. The hike is a bit steep uphill but I am sorta out of shape so I breath like a dog hiking up. I love it though.

It was a good hike, although lake was still frozen.

A nice ridge walk once you gain the elevation. As others have said, it can be a bit windy. Nothing extreme today but it's good to bring your warm hat and light gloves.

hiking
5 days ago

Early morning hike was beautiful and challenging. If you are looking for a challenging hike that doesn't require any special equipment this is great. Bring water and good shoes. I imagine the view is spectacular but for me it was a very cloudy climb. Still ominous and exciting though.

Don't give up,,good leg work out

Went yesterday. Steady uphill incline for first half then flattens out till the lake. Still snow along Trail but packed pretty well to walk across. Lots of water/ mud along trail so be ready to get wet and dirty. Lake still frozen but a beautiful view regardless.

The sans one star is how heavily trafficked it is. When I was going up as I was climbing, someone tried to go down and ended up falling down a bit where all loose rocks ended up hitting my direction barely missing my head. I should have looked up and measure caution of hikers who are coming down. Also I was a bit disappointed to find lots of cig butts and litter in the area. However the VIEW is ahhhmazing- a well deserving treat after your hard work climbing upwards! Lots of tourists are hiking so a heads up! I would suggest those who are unsure about climbing the last 100 feet to look at other hikers and study their path to make best call for your route.

The first few miles are paved, flat trails. An easy trek, good for a quick jog or walk with the pup.

I love the views all along the trail. It’s a difficult hike especially near the top but it’s totally doable if you have functional arms and functional legs.

Beautiful day!! Lake still frozen . Easy hike

Great hike but beware of the "loop" description. There is no trail from lower lake to O'Malley peak and the trail back. Route is a super steep Rocky slope. Better to go over ridge to right as facing the lake and explore a magnificent cirque.

hiking
10 days ago

Not sure I’d rate this as easy, moderate would be a better description due to the incline. Lots of running water, mud and snow still on the trail.

12 days ago

climbing up from Bear valley side was near perfect conditions. dry all the way up. the ridge lines had some snow but nothing that a pair of sneakers couldn't get through.

My husband and I hiked this for the first time on Saturday, June 2nd. It was hot and sunny and the trail was busy! We took the "difficult" trail to the right, and for us, it wasn't difficult, it just had a lot of rough stairs and was fairly steep so I would rate that section as moderate. There is a flat section between the trail and the rocky ascent to the top that makes for a nice break area, or to call it quits for those who aren't into the rest of the hike to the flag, and the true "flat top". The section that leads to the top is steep and rocky. There are some sketchy areas that took some decision making to determine which route to take (this section is definitely a climb and I would rate it as difficult). It takes some amount of strength and agility and the lack of fear of heights to get through the rocky part. Once on top it is flat and you can walk around quite a ways and even meander to other trails. It took us about 2 hours and 40 minutes round trip (car to car) with a lot of time for picture taking and exploring once we were at the top. Anyone in average shape could easily go up and then straight back down in 2 hours or less. And the views are great from all areas of the trail, so even if you don't want to go all the way to the top, you will still be able to enjoy the view!

hiking
14 days ago

Loved the hike, my wife made it halfway at a rest. Definitely not a beginner hike. But it was an amazing view!

Great hike! Pretty easy until you near the summit, and then it turns to a scramble. Really great views at the top.

Pretty popular hike with lots of others on the trail. Starts off pretty easy at least until you get to blueberry hill and then the elevation starts gaining, there’s a few set of stairs before the saddle. The end of the trail is like a rock climb and it’s hard to find out where the easiest path is to follow. We watched a few people go before us and that helped us to know where to go! The view at the top is awesome. Definitely need to do this hike at least once.

Starts off pretty easy but get tougher as you go. The last leg is almost rock climbing but is definitely do able. Amazing view from the top.

road biking
15 days ago

Great trail for biking! I rented a 2 seater bike for me & my son from Pablo’s and experience on the trail was amazing.

Nice views. Very pleasant easy walk. Took the side trail to see some of the changes the earthquake caused. That trail was easy to get a little lost on.

05.31.18 Still snow on the main trail, so we chose to climb the hill along side the trail and check out Ptarmigan Pass. Lots of traversing and side-hilling to make it to 3300 ft. Incredible views of town and the inlet. We even saw Redoubt.

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