Explore the most popular Camping 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.

hiking
snow
3 days ago

If going up the mountain here instead of lakeside, it’s a Great trail up to the 1st bench which is about 1.5 miles up- a little challenging however slow and steady wins the race! Awesome overview of the lake at this time of year at the bench!

A little crusty for xc skiing, but super well marked trail!

hiking
snow
8 days ago

This trail is extremely difficult during the winter (or beginning of spring) time. We rented snow shoes and to make our own path up the hillside. It wasn’t hard to stay on trail but the snow was too thick to continue past mile 3. The challenge was well worth it! Can’t wait to try it in the summer time.

hiking
13 days ago

Awesome trail! We made it to the top for amazing views and back in under 4 hours. Very steep at the beginning but all snow at the top! Beautiful views! Bring a walking stick which was very helpful!

hiking
snow
washed out
17 days ago

Extremely rewarding trail. I didn’t have spikes which would have been extremely useful as I slipped downhill on ice quite a few times. Made it almost all the way up but the trail was washed out by an avalanche.

Definitely going to come back in the spring/summer.

We had an incredible hike up back in July but keep an eye out for the trail completion marker (and for moose). We totally blew past the finish (despite arriving to the top to the sound of applause from fellow hikers) and hiked beyond the maintained trail. The views were totally worth it. The trail is a bit crowded around that time of year (June/July) and it narrows as one draws closer to the summit with lose rock strewn about making it a bit perilous but as long as one remains aware of their surroundings and of approaching hikers there’s no cause for concern.

Great summer trail. just remember your Skeeter repellant.

Hiked this three times from 1998-2000. great trail system if you have the time. The outhouse at the pass is awesome as are the beaver lodges.

hiking
snow
27 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

I wouldn’t rate this an easy. Ward Lake is easy. There are areas that need maintenance, and lots of steps and hills. That said, it was a nice way to spend a few hours.

This has to be my all time favorite hiking destination in the state. It's not to difficult if you take your time, and plan on spending the day.

Beautiful and easy. Bear protection is a must.

I really enjoyed this trail....however I would rate this as moderate. There are many steps, and you need to watch your footing in places. It helped to have a walking stick. It took us 3.25 hours to hike this. We stopped a bit for photos and a snack before coming back.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, beautiful scenery. Well worth coming up to Hatcher Pass if your in the Anchorage area. Did this trail mid July and the upper lake was still completely frozen! Also saw some cool wildlife ,we stumbled upon 2 wolverines and also saw a few Marmots!

backpacking
2 months 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!

Once on this trail you're committed to an all-uphill on rooted trail winding through the trees and up alongside the trail's namesake. Not an extremely tough trail by any means but you EARN the views once into the open high valley. Once at the tarn (located well up into the valley and below the far end of thr rocky edifice on the right side of the valley)....you can either kick-back, soak your 'dogs' in the icy water or head up toward the left ridge at the headwall of the valley and complete your journey with a summit of 5,000ft. South Suicide Peak along a pleasant ridge trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Pristine Alaskan wilderness. Breathtaking views from the overlooks and summit. I did this climb in January and the last mile was 3ft deep snow. The last mile was 'hard' but the rest of the trail was moderate. I am a complete novice when it comes to hiking and was definitely under-prepared. Still this was the best hike I've ever been on. It took me about 3 hours but I was pushing the pace on the way up and basically running on the way down to beat the setting sun and my dying phone battery. If your in Ketchikan, Alaska and in decent physical shape, do yourself a favor and do this hike. 5/5 would recommend.

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

on Eklutna Lakeside Trail

2 months ago

Great if you have a family and small children and want a trail that’s easy for everyone.

great views

Beautiful, challenging, rewarding hike with amazing views. Be sure to go beyond the shelter for great views of the ice field.

The views after braking through the steep initial incline is pretty spectacular. Overlook pretty much all of Skagway. TONS of bear sign so be aware of your surroundings. I would love to do this hike again!

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.

hiking
2 months ago

I like this trail! It always goes on for longer than I remember. Lots of short ups and downs through the woods, with quite a few bridge crossings and some boardwalk sections.

snowshoeing
2 months 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
3 months ago

No snow yet. Good trail conditions but very icy near the top

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

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