Explore the most popular backpacking trails in Alaska with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

backpacking
4 days ago

This trail was an absolute blast! My family and I completed it a leisurely pace of five days. The drop over the golden staircase into Canada was absolutely breathtaking!

To echo bend. Beautiful and not many people. No snow shoes needed.

Great trail for those who are fit and prepared. Take lots of water or purification and bear protection. It’s a 6 hr run or a two day hike with lite pack and provisions for extreme weather changes.

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Very easy! Made it a little past mile 3 with groomed trails then had to start blazing our own. Turned around maybe a mile and a half from the end due to deep snow and a darkening sky. It was a gorgeous day with incredible 360 views. And the sunset on the mountains, just no words to describe it! Will go again in summer and hopefully find the hut :)

Ain’t no thang for a chicken wing

on The Goat Trail

backpacking
1 month ago

Did right before the snow fell. The most peaceful hike! Saw 3 moose on the way!

I did this as a thru hike (30 miles) in 2.5 days in late September and loved it. As others have noted, there aren't many switchbacks and the trail mostly goes straight up and down hills so heavy rain made the trail somewhat treacherous. There were a few sections of rock gardens to hike through where I lost track of the trail and turned to the AllTrails map on my phone for navigation. Not many people out there as I saw 1 other hiker during my trip. The Northern half of this trail is more rugged and technical, which I really enjoyed. The miles are slower than other places I've hiked but the views were incredible. Because of the open tunrda, you are very safe from bears because of the good visibility and hiking / camping views of the Talkeetna and Denali ranges are stunning.

Trail is in great shape. Beautiful hike. Travel wisely, thick bear country. I like to hike this after the leaves have fallen.

I went on a Saturday in late September. it wasn't to crowded but parking is a bit crazy. it's a nice out and back. once you get to the lake, go right and you get a great view of the inlet.

Trail-head parking was easy to find, and pretty empty before sunrise. Trail is pretty easy to follow and clearly marked at a few trail intersections, until you come to the moraine field towards the end. There are cairns throughout the boulder field, but its easy to get turned around. When in doubt, keep to the left side of the boulder field and keep your eyes pealed for the cairns. The little hut at the end can provide some cover for extremely windy days. No animal sightings :(. Great hike!

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful rabbit lake . Went up to mchugh lake also. Snow is there to stay !! Very windy as usual. Layer layer layer

One of my yearlong favorite trails. Great for families. Easy hike in the spring , summer, and fall. Great for cross country skiing once the snow falls.

These views are spectacular! There is nothing to compare the peace and beauty of this trip. You do have to cross a pretty crazy stream; so bring your water shoes. A group of my friends and I backpacked and had an amazing time!! Be prepared for anything. Our trip was about 22 miles because there had been a recent snow storm and we had to hike over the snow. Remember iodine tablets so you can refill your water! Worth every step!!!

We ended up just going up ship creek pass to ship lake to see the reveal. It was amazing. Saw a bunch of moose on our way back couple nice bulls. Moderate hike with a creek the whole way up.

Gorgeous fall day. Beautiful colors below tree line and the lake a stunning, crisp navy blue.

hiking
3 months ago

The ease-ability to reward ratio on this hike is fantastic. Our group of three went out and back in around 3hrs but, only spent ten to fifteen at the lake. Real chill and gradual for the incline, nice views throughout, and a lovely reward of a pristine alpine lake at the end. Love!

This trail was a bit difficult but so worth the steps and struggles (carrying a toddler)! Ha-Ha!!!! I loved the overlook of the lake and our son really enjoyed the views too! I am so glad we finally got around to do this trail and did not stop at the second bench of the Twin Peaks trail.
I would say this is a "must-do" hike, at least once. ;-)

Beautiful hike with lots of beautiful scenery

Well worth the hike! It is absolutely beautiful and the Lake is amazing!

Beautiful scenery & very well maintained trail! Easy hike. Take your kids they should be able to complete it. However be careful. We Crossed paths with a hungry bear (just a black bear which poses little threat to humans) eating salmon in the river the trail runs through.

Beautiful hike in the Fall! Great trail that takes you by lakes, a stream a boulder field at the end. Well maintained and traveled.

Amazing views. Tough terrain with a few washouts and rerouting of path. Started in girdwood and finished in eagle river over 2 nights. No bears or moose seen. River crossing was knee height around 330pm.

Was there a week ago. Absolutely worth the trek. Breathtaking hike.

hiking
4 months ago

Amazing views, and tons of water along the hike for pups to drink. The slow climb up to the lake makes the hike kind of easy. We would rate it “moderate” only because of the distance.

More of a nature walk but well worth the view at the end! Beautiful September weather!!

Definitely a decent hike. A friend and I hiked about 5 miles in our first evening there and decided to set up camp at the bottom of the glacier after seeing a grizzly hanging around the hillside. The second day it felt like we had hiked 20+ miles. Although it was a long second day, the weather, the views, the river crossings, were all an experience that was well worth the hike.

Nice hike! Love the rushing water!

Great hike! I loved it, not to challenging! Definitely recommend! Also can pick wild raspberries!

Beautiful trail! Ran into two bull moose with amazing racks, 2 small but very clear lakes, and amazing autumn colors. Spent about 3 1/2 hours on it

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