Explore the most popular lake 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

The first two miles are really boring-then it starts to get good. Easy trail overall, doesn’t feel like you’re really gaining hardly any elevation. A lot of cars at the trailhead, but pretty sure 85% of them were for Flattop.

Good trail little over grown. We didn’t make it all the way because it was to thick and had just rained so we turned around at mile 3. The trail is beautiful and I would recommend this trail.

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

hiking
13 days ago

I did the hike on June 25th. It was just what I was looking for. Its fairly flat. You start by going over a bit of a rise, nothing demanding, and then the rest relatively flat through a valley where it ends at a pretty lake. I should say that I was going to do the backside of Flat Top Mountain and noticed clouds rolling in and decided to do Rabbit Lake Trail instead. (The trail heads are very close to each other). In truth I’m out of shape and had just flown in the night before from NYC and was feeling out of sorts and did not want anything all that strenuous. The trail delivered. It’s quite beautiful. You definitely feel like you are out in nature. The work:benefit ratio is quite high.

Only saw one couple on the way out and they were off to the side picking berries or something. Otherwise I had the place to myself. On the return hike I passed a number of folks - family with four kids and a dog, a couple with dogs, mountain bikers (with dogs).

I definitely appreciate that I stepped off around 8:00. It took me a little over 4 hours.

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

hiking
17 days ago

Not a hike I would do again on a cloud free day! There is no shade anywhere on the trail and when it’s hot it’s hot! The first 2 miles is through brush and the last two-ish is through the open valley and you get beautiful Mountain View’s all around! This hike is long. Especially if you park where alltrails told us where the trail was, make sure you drive all the way to the end of that road or you are adding a hard uphill mile to your hike. Overall a good decent moderate hike.

hiking
19 days ago

Nice hike on a beautiful day. The trail opens up after the first mile or two and it's very expansive and pretty. If you go to the other side of Rabbit Lake and hike toward Suicide Peaks, there is another smaller lake down below and I believe it's McHugh Lake that drains into what must be the beginning of McHugh creek. Be prepared because even though it was a hot day, when the wind picks up it's quite chilly by the lakes. And parking can be a challenge along the narrow road.

hiking
24 days ago

Awesome little hike!

hiking
24 days ago

Was an easy gradual hike. You could stand on some of the ice on the lake in June. Went after Solstice and it was a bit cloudy but it was dynamic beautiful.

Great little hike!

on Goose Lake Trail

walking
27 days ago

Nice trail!!

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

hiking
29 days ago

So stunning! Would you 100% recommend/do again

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
1 month 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.

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

hiking
1 month ago

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.

hiking
1 month ago

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.

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.

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.

backpacking
1 month ago

Camped there last night. Trail is super wet, wear boots. A lot of it you’re still walking through snow. Super easy and fun!

hiking
2 months ago

5/13 Went out and the lake was still frozen over, will probably go back July/August. Otherwise, the views were pretty and saw some Eagles and Ptarmigans on the way there. Trail still has a good amount of snow, especially near the end, but not too difficult of a hike.

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.

walking
2 months ago

This is a very easy 1.3 mile loop around Goose Lake. This trail also takes you past UAA on an easy loop. Dogs welcome on leashes, trail is all asphalt and kept up decently. There was no snow or ice on trail when I went. Park is open 9am-9pm. Free parking. At the parking area you can also take the trail and venture off onto Chester Creek Trail. Near the beach area is a kids park and playground equipment.

hiking
3 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

4/12 Went out on a bluebird day and it was just gorgeous. The trail is still covered in snow, and by the time we returned in the late afternoon the snow was pretty soft and we started postholing quite a bit. Will definitely do this hike again once the snow is melted and the lake is open!

Beautiful hike with great views of suicide peaks! I see people mountain biking this trail alot also.

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.

easy with great wildlife viewing opportunities

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