Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Absolutely stunning short little walk. The falls are gorgeous and very popular with photographers and people wanting photo shoots done... I had to leave and come back just to get a picture with no one in the falls.

Nice easy hike

Great hike. The first 3/4 is realistically moderate the last 1/4 is hard, but completely worth the view. The trail has a couple routes you can take as well. Great way to see the town of anchorage. Wind can get crazy but it’s fun. Well traveled so you won’t be alone

Very nice boardwalk, scenic view. Many birds, including bald eagle. Salmon in small stream. Some moose and bear sightings.

hiking
12 days 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!

Nice easy start then quite the “goat climb” to the top beautiful views all around saw a Dall Sheep that crossed the trail ahead of me. 6 Bald Eagles circling over head and a huge bull Moose off in the distance

hiking
16 days ago

Great view at the lake. Good hike with moderate incline in the beginning but then it's flat. Coming back was faster. It was pretty windy near the lake. Glad I had a coat. This was not too far away and close to home.

Amazing views from the top and is challenging getting back down over the rocks. Fantastic hike!

Enjoyable moderate hike. We parked before the fee area, so it’s a little further of a hike in to the actual trailhead. Lots of people on the trail yesterday afternoon/evening. There was a bull moose sighting, but no disturbance by said moose. There were two tents at Rabbit Lake, which looked like a scenic spot to camp for a night.

Hiked up to the pass . Ate lunch at grey lake and saw some mountain goats and ptarmigan. Nice place to camp by the lakes . Some bikers but few hikers up to the pass.

nice easy trail, gradual incline until it gets steep at the end. I did it as an out and back because I didn't see exactly where the loop was. good hike if you only have a few hours took me 2.5 hours

hiking
18 days ago

Apparently there was a bold black bear sighting on July 24th, so for protection I took a wet stick, a pocket knife, and some headphones. Luckily there was no bear sighting today, but there was a pretty aggressive ground squirrel that gave me a look at the top of the tree line, so look out for that guy!
The hike was amazing, but the best part was continuing past The Dome, along the ridge line all the way to Knoya Peak. This adds about 3 miles to the whole hike and the top of the ridge is some rocky terrain with some climbing required, but well worth it. The top of the peak had a nice little grass patch to sit and enjoy the views. Would hike again!!
OooWee!!

It was pretty but a short hike.

hiking
20 days ago

Great trail. Tough

trail running
20 days ago

Pretty easy trail and great for trail running because once you get up the little incline at the beginning it flattens out. No bears, No moose, and very dog friendly trail! This is my 4th time doing this one and I would recommend going on a clear day, the lake and suicide and homicide peaks will give you a phenomenal view

hiking
20 days ago

No idea why this trail is marked as moderate. My friend did this on crutches lol. Beautiful Waterfall !! (:

Deep woods walk. We walked into a large bull moose!

It was a great quick walk. We were there when the trail was mostly dry so it was very quick and easy. We went with kids and it was easy for them too. Ages 7-11 even younger it wouldn’t be difficult.

hiking
22 days ago

I absolutely loved this trail!!! I took my Bumbleride IndieTwin double stroller and my 20 MO twins along with my other children ranging 4 to 13. It was so easy for all of us once we figured out which way to go. There are plenty of little side trails. It is hard to not hike this hike and become addicted or crave going and exploring more of those side trails!! Saw a moose and her calf. Plenty of gorgeous flowers to see. I’m so ready to go back and hike the rest by myself!

This is a perfect hike/walk with small children!

Very pretty boardwalk...even saw a moose!

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

backpacking
23 days 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.

I don't like the long, boring, uphill hike in. On a sunny day like last Sunday it feels like you are baking and there are few shady spots for relief. The dogs and kids were overheating and miserable. Once it opens up it's beautiful but I'd rather do the Williwaw Lakes trail where you get to beautiful scenery faster. A long hike up a road bed and then through alders isn't worth the payoff when compared to other trails.

Short but rewarding hike

24 days ago

Great hike!

hiking
26 days ago

Super easy and well worth it!

Quick steep hike very busy as well. The scramble to the top is fun and some great views from the top!

Three main sections for this hike. Begins with rolling hills in the forest and then up to a ridge. Fairly dry the rest of the way with a series of switch backs followed by a climb along the Ridgeline until the peak. Definitely worth the views from the summit. Look for the air craft remains on your right after the switch backs as you make your way to the peak. Bring lots of water.

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