Explore the most popular river 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.

Awesome short hike in any weather!

hiking
2 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.

walking
9 days ago

Easy walk, but guaranteed some wildlife or beautiful view

hiking
12 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.

12 days ago

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!

hiking
16 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
18 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.

birding
18 days ago

Really beautiful short boardwalk trail. We saw a moose and her baby!

hiking
23 days ago

Awesome little hike!

hiking
23 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!

hiking
28 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.

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

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

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

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.

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.

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

Very easy trail, if you follow the creek towards the bay, the trail turns pretty muddy. If you follow it upstream, the trail is all paved. There are plenty of benches to sit on, the trail is lighted. It goes all the way to the fish hatchery on Reeve Blvd. There are several areas to overlook the creek and ways down to the creek for fishing. Family friendly, wheel chair friendly.

walking
2 months ago

Super easy walk, as it’s just a boardwalk and not an actual trail. Great for those with young children, elderly or those who cannot handle trails / hiking but want the views!
Beautiful views of the mountains!!

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!

hiking
4 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.

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

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