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.

Short and very sweet hike to the falls! It’s just wonderful walking under the huge trees and massive field of big leaves! Feels like a scene from Jungle book!

on Wolverine Trail

hiking
10 days ago

It’s a tough hike but very rewarding.

Power line trail is pretty easy however the hike to the hidden lake is more difficult. Semi-steel incline up on some rocks but pretty views! My dog was with me and he did great

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
15 days ago

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

hiking
15 days ago

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

hiking
15 days 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.

23 days ago

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

hiking
24 days ago

So stunning! Would you 100% recommend/do again

beautiful, but mosquitoes will carry you away, and slippery when wet

The water falls is beautiful. There’s lots of huge tall trees and awesome green scenery. The beautiful rain forest of Alaska.

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.

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.

1 month 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
1 month 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
1 month 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
2 months ago

Great little trail in Girdwood. Its at the very end of Timberline Road, which is the first right after the brewery on Alyeksa Hwy. The trailhead starts right next to private property so be sure to be respectful to those living in the area. The first part of the trail isn't really hard and only takes about 5 minutes to get to the waterfall. Great views and nice and easy there. Sit back and enjoy the sites and sounds. My kid, who is 2 years old was able to do this part with no issues. However, just to the left of the waterfall is a smaller goat trail which goes back for over a mile. It is a little steep and had lots of blown down trees. If you are willing to climb up and over all that the views through the woods near the stream are nice. My gps went a little crazy and only registered .4 miles round trip. It's only about .1 to the waterfall but like I said, the trail goes back over a mile.

hiking
2 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
2 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
2 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
2 months ago

We did this hike on 4/15 and we got stuck in snow that gave in under us, which wasn’t so fun. It was harder than we expected due to us breaking in snow to our hips and getting out of it, I’m an experienced hiker from Washington State and my friend’s from Chicago. I would do this hike again but prepare better for snow or come back in the summer.
Overall it’s a great hike with amazing views and I’d recommend it.

hiking
3 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
3 months ago

I was born and raised in WA and have done plenty of hiking in UT, so I’m no stranger to snowy hikes. That being said, my Anchorage-raised cousin, his pug, and I enjoyed the hike (although I would absolutely love to see the falls without the snow). My only word of caution is that when the snow gets packed down and hard, it can be very slippery. Try walking on the of the trail in order to keep your footing. I would also highly recommend waterproof pants.

hiking
5 months ago

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

Hiked 1/21. Lots of snow, trail splits off at one point where you follow the main trail or just a track of footsteps, but both will get you there. A lot of post holing. Easier if you’ve been to the lakes and know where they are.

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.

Foggy the whole time!! Got a peek of the mountains near the air strip. Will need to come back on a clear day . Very easy just long.

Always beautiful no matter the weather. Lots of hiking around. Great for kayaking during summer, unless it gets super windy. Sweet trail to ride your bike on too. Close to anchorage, really good ice cream shop on the road there.

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