Explore the most popular dog friendly 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.

hiking
3 days ago

I like that it's more secluded that the airstrip hike and the greater elevation change.

There's lots of trail work going on so be careful you stay on track. This app helped a lot for that. Saw moose and lots of bear scat so be careful/ prepared while out and about.

Love Eklutna Lake. Many great hikes around here and I highly recommend staying a night or two at the Serenity Falls Hut after mile 12. Look forward to returning soon.

It's a steep hike almost all the way up, great calf workout. Great views after 1 hour of hiking up at the first big hilltop and also at the top. Ran into a black bear on the way down in the trees. Bring bear spray. Also saw moose tracks. Others said they found blueberries to pick. Approximately 2.5 hours total or less (up and down) and 3.3 miles.

hiking
17 days ago

Rigorous hike, rewarding views. We lucked out on weather this time, but it's typically pretty windy at the top.

walking
17 days ago

Great little walk! Easy to follow directions. The view at the end might be better once the leaves start falling- the foliage didn’t allow for much viewing of the river. But Anchorage in the distance was cool. Somewhere between easy and moderate walk altogether.

hiking
1 month ago

Gorgeous Hike, not a real clearly marked trail. There is a better trail that I cut up on the saddle but I’m not sure where this started. The only reason this received a 3 star rating from me and not higher was that it’s marked as moderate and the top mile is some pretty gnarled rock crawling and scree. Not undoable but not somewhere I’d bring a novice or kids. I did see the obligatory ptarmigan and about 6 moose, one cow calf pair that prompted a 150yrd retreat back up the trail as they were using the portion I needed at that particular moment. All in all a great hike!

Beautiful hike lots of atvs and bikes but they all slowed down for those of us who where walking.

backpacking
1 month ago

Beautiful! Gorgeous day. Kids had a great time. Views were exellent. Didn't make it the full 25 miles around the lake but had a great time nonetheless.

Good easy hike, nothing too steep. If you do choose to go out on the spur at the eastern point of the loop you have the option to continue on several other trails. Reccomend keeping this app and your phone's location service on during the hike as a quick reference tool as there are a few forks where it isnt clear which way to go. Overall good time and great view of the city if you go out on the eastern spur.

mountain biking
1 month ago

We rode to the end of the lake by the Airstrip and a black bear ran out on the trail towards the lake so they are definitely out there! The trail itself was easy for riding and the lake is beautiful!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike... it is def tough on the legs up and knees down. Overall took us just under 5 hrs. No bears were sighting, but was hailed on at the top. Highly recommend if you want to test yourself a bit.

on Wolverine Trail

hiking
2 months ago

It’s a tough hike but very rewarding.

Did the entire trail today in sunny weather. Great scenery. A nice ride walk but a few ups and downs along the way. View from McHugh Peak was outstanding. It took us about 4 hours with a couple of stops for snacks.

hiking
2 months ago

No trail after. 25 yards. Just hike it as you like.

hiking
2 months ago

This is a favorite of ours when we just want to do a little hiking or geocaching in city limits.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike June 28, 2018. Hike down Powerline and up to Ptarmigan, Climbed Ptarmigan.. then hiked down and followed all the ridges.peaks back to glen alps parking lot. started 1:19pm and finished 1030p. Stops included lunch,picture taking, and rest. Challenging..but doable.

2 months ago

Fun hike. Bring bear protection as the first few miles are have thick vegetation in bear country.

hiking
2 months ago

So stunning! Would you 100% recommend/do again

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.

3 months 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.

hiking
3 months ago

We did it on 5/29 and it was pretty great there’s still snow up at the top though and the trails were slightly muddy. Over all really good!

on Eklutna Lakeside Trail

backpacking
3 months ago

Seemed like most people were on mountain bikes, I was one of a few people on foot. Lots of double track with sections of narrower trail. Great adventure and views that my aching feet and blisters distracted me from.

hiking
4 months ago

One of my favorite hikes but the wind can turn cold. I always wish i had a dog or hiking buddy as i came across some fairly fresh scat a couple of days ago.

trail running
4 months ago

10 miles off the Glen highway and five dollars to park. It's great for trail running and biking as it's mostly level with a spectacular view the full 7 miles to the other end of the lake. The first mile the trail is mostly shared with ATVs but everyone was good about slowing down to keep the amount of dust down. After that the running/biking trail occasionally meets up with the ATV trail. Definitely worth it.

hiking
4 months ago

Can lose the trail pretty easily when there’s a little snow. The views aren’t that great but nice enough. But you’ll work up a sweat if you aren’t a regular hiker!

Just did this hike on 4/22/2018 and it was awesome! A bit muddy at the start with snow following after but no postholing. Would recommend trekking sticks and once we reached the ridge top it was covered in snow, but crunchy snow. Amazing views! I will be attempting this again later this summer. Round trip we knocked it out in 5 1/2 hours with multiple breaks for snacks and such.

hiking
5 months ago

We went up the backside from bear valley, and it was absolutely stunning. We all had ice spikes on our shoes which made it easier to climb, definitely wouldn’t have been able to if we didn’t have them with all the ice and snow.
Fun to slide down on the way back!

hiking
7 months ago

don't go in the winter it sucks....everything is groomed for skiing

stunning views. easy trail to walk, run, hike or even bike

A more direct route to Near Point than using the Basher Trailhead. Access is through an easement in a residential area. There is no trail sign and no parking at the trailhead due to "Fire Lane" signs. The trail was frozen on 1 November, which made it much less muddy. A bit slippery on the way down, so I used my Kahtoola crampons.

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