Looking for a great trail near Chugiak, Alaska? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, views trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. If you're looking for the best trails around Chugach State Park or Independence Mine State Park, we've got you covered. You'll also find some great local park options, like Peters Creek Community Park. Ready for some activity? There are 5 moderate trails in Chugiak ranging from 2.5 to 5.9 miles and from 255 to 4,048 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Only went 3.5 miles in then turned around. Beautiful views the whole way.

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24 days ago

Hard not to give it five stars when you look from on high at a lake of such sublime blue. I was glad to have had my spikes with me. I used them on the way back down (from the second bench). There was slushy snow about 1/4 mile from the second bench.

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28 days ago

Great trek. Start at the State Park entrance. It has restrooms and parking. Its a long, slow upward trail. "Moderate" if you're in decent shape...so be prepared for a long uphill hike. I went about another 20 min past the bench. not sure whats after that...but youre on the backside of lake. Bear scat on trail, so be prepared.

Hiked it today and was crunchy ice where mud puddles were but no snow yet. The best part is when we get to the top. Views are awesome.

on Twin Peaks Trail

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snow
1 month ago

My favorite view! We just did the hike earlier today and there was snow all the way up, getting deeper the higher we went up. We only made it to the first bench since we have a 6 year old and 3 year old with us. I used my microspikes coming down and had 2 trekking poles since I had the little one on my back in a carrier. Love this hike!

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1 month ago

Incline the whole time, only went to the first bench, views are totally worth it!!!

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muddy
rocky
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

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1 month ago

great hike, mostly up hill incline. went a bit further past the trail to find the other side that over looks the lake, encountered some muddy and slippery spots doing so.

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1 month ago

Beautiful small hike today with the dog. The weather was perfect and the fall colors are amazing!

Very easy hike/ nature walk. The falls are pretty cool when frozen

hiking
1 month ago

highly recommend this trail. beautiful trail in fall and beautiful views of the mountains and water. first checkpoint was absolutely breathtaking and the last wasn't as impressive but still pretty just the same. Good trail for dogs too. Not recommended for kids.

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bugs
1 month ago

September... wow! The colors right now are amazing out here. More bugs then I expected but not mosquitoes so could be worse. Steady but doable incline- not bad in comparison to many of the other hikes I’ve been on so far in Alaska. I’d highly recommend this trail for any skill level.

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muddy
1 month ago

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muddy
1 month ago

Short jaunt down to the bank, or to the viewing deck. Only a mile or so a few up hills but easily do-able with small Children, dogs, and the elderly. Recent rain fall has made this trail muddy. Defiantly stop at the overlook ( barely off trail). It’s about half way to the fall on the left side. It features the gorge, creek, rocky cliff, and a snow capped peak in the distance. (Will provide pics) You can’t really see the full fall up close from the bank. However, From the view deck you can see the full fall from afar.

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muddy
2 months ago

9-9-19. Beautiful trail that is wide and maintained well. No bugs. An overlook is in the middle of the trail overlooking they gorge with some informational signs. Eventually you will come to a fork right before the overlook. One trail follows the creek to the left, the other the overlook to the right. The creek trail deadends into the creek. If the water is low enough you can venture right to the front of the falls by the following the right side of the creek. The overlook is a little far from the actual falls but still pretty.

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2 months ago

Great little hike with the family. My 4 year old grandson was able to burn some energy on this trail. Nice scenery, not many bugs during our hike.

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2 months ago

Went on Labor Day. Great views and worth a trip to the top, past the second bench. Beautiful walk up the trail with the fall colors, not too steep but constant elevation. Even with the wind was an amazing experience.

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2 months ago

The view of Elkunta lake makes the uphill hike worth while. The waters are incredibly clear. If you keep trudging on you'll find another bench about 30 minutes past the lakeside view with a lovely view of the mountain side. It majority of the hike was enclosed but you could still feel the wind bellowing. Bring layers because you'll want them off when you're working uphill and on when you're hiking down.

Can be very slick in winter.

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2 months ago

Great hike! Not strenuous, but not easy. uphill to the top and great views. A little cloudy cause of the smoke from the wildfires. But incredibly worth it!!! Update: A day after my ankles are pretty sore from the super flexion of the hike. rather steep angle in some spots past the second bench. But dont stop. watch your legs on the way down. Might be a little shaky.

A very fun and easy hike for my 5 year old and I!

hiking
2 months ago

We loved this trail! Our first family hike in Alaska, we enjoyed it with our 5 children ages 4-16 & everyone enjoyed it. There was a light drizzle 7/28/19, but the trail was easy to navigate and very well maintained. Next time we will bring our dog on her leash as we saw many friendly dogs on the trail and she will love it.

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rocky
2 months ago

this was NOT an easy hike. very steep hills. I have crps and just had ankle surgery in July I thought it was going to be leisurely like it says... but it was not. very beautiful though and worth the pain I was in!!

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blowdown
2 months ago

Nice trail! This short hike was a great filler on a Monday afternoon. The hike is out and back through a canyon so the views aren’t spectacular but there’s plenty of nature to be appreciated. The falls aren’t the biggest but you can appreciate the power that they hold having carved the valley over thousands of years.

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3 months ago

Sunday through Wednesday, open to ATVs/snowmobiles. 15mph limit, so slow going, but a beautiful ride along Eklutna Lake.

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