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.

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

Very scenic and beautiful views! The rock crossings are a bit challenging but worth it. Loved that I was able to bring my dog with.

beautiful trail. best of everything.

hiking
10 days ago

Went on this hike while on an Alaska Cruise. We were looking for an opportunity to step outside of the touristy excursions and take Alaska on its own terms. We were not disappointed. This trail is incredible. Views from the two lower lookouts are well worth the effort.

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.

hiking
23 days ago

Made it to Upper Reed Lake on 10/23/18.
I parked in the turn around spot across from the fee station because the trailhead parking lot would have destroyed my car’s undercarriage, and it only added maybe 5 minutes to my hike.
The trail was pretty easy until you get to the boulders. I needed my nano-spikes and I’m glad I had them in my pack. After the boulders I wish I also had packed my snow-shoes, and I lost the trail. I followed some faint leftover ski tracks but was very cautious because of not being sure if where I was stepping was actually solid ground. I had intended to get to the bomber, but I’ll wait till spring/summer when the trail is easier to spot and follow. No animal sightings.

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!

Such an amazing and incredible hike with views to last a lifetime! Definitely a good hike. The hike itself is a for intermediate hikers. Or if you want to take more breaks to complete it. It’s challenging not difficult.

hiking
1 month ago

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

Niiiiiicceeee

Beautiful hike.

hiking
1 month ago

Did this hike yesterday. Sunny and warm day (50s). The trail itself is well maintained. Excellent views. Saw some mountain goats far off in the distance. Great view of Ketchikan Lake about 3/4 of the way up. Cool A frame cabin about 1/4 mile off the main trail on a side trail. Definitely a difficult hike if you aren’t used to hiking. We took our time and stayed out there all day. Lots of cool mushrooms along the way! Overall, great hike and great day. Worth it.

on Reed Lakes Trail

1 month ago

Worth the hike!!! :) definitely doing this trail again!

hiking
1 month ago

Absolutely gorgeous. I wouldn’t suggest doing it in the rain or snow as the boulder fields would be pretty tricky and you could easily break an ankle if wet but a stunning hike. Finished in 5 hours.

backpacking
1 month ago

Well worth the effort. Camped at the top. Bring at least 3 liters of water if you're doing the whole trail, especially if the sun is out. There are many streams if you have a filter.

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.

hiking
1 month ago

Fun hike! 4.8 miles. The lake is beautiful. South side of the lake trail is overgrown but not too bad to cover the trail. There is a fallen tree south of the boat ramp that is difficult to get around. Saw two different piles of fresh bear scat.

Great day on the trail. 4 hours up for us. Just keep your eye out for the flagging at the end of West Glacier to navigate the scrubby alders.

hiking
1 month ago

Super easy trail. Back end of the lake is a little over grown and narrow, but has beautiful of views of Denali.

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!!!

This hike was very beautiful, the lake was big with plenty of places to camp. I wish I brought a fishing pole!!

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

Awesome view at the top!

another must do! really nice wide gravel trail to start with a couple of bridges to cross the river. then a switchback climb leading you past a waterfall and onto a more challenging boulder field to navigate. once you are through the boulders, there is a gradual incline before making it to the first reeds lake. if you have more time, I recommend continuing on the the 2nd lake.

mountain biking
1 month ago

This review is from someone who tried to bike from Primrose trail head up to the lake and back. Apparently, most individuals who bike it prefer to start at the Lost Lake trail head and through bike up to the lake and down to Primrose. We kept wondering why everyone was passing us the opposite way. Otherwise, the rating would be different. We bit off way more than we could chew trying to bike up this way. We are definitely not very advanced mountain bikers and we had to carry our bikes up a lot of the steeper/root-filled sections. Didn't make for the most awesome experience. However, the views and riding at the top by the lake are phenomenal and the ride back down was most supreme. So, definitely don't recommend trying to bike up from Primrose unless you've got some experience and skill. Other than that the trail was absolutely wonderful!

hiking
1 month 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!

Beautiful hike with lots of beautiful scenery

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

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