Explore the most popular cross country skiing 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.

trail running
16 days ago

Well maintained and beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. A quick and easy trail!

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!

hiking
24 days ago

Nice easy wide road to walk on. Took me about an hour total. Would be a neat spot to picnic! You can't see much of Whitman Lake because of the dam, but you can see part of Deer Mtn ridge above the lake. Might be a good trail for a quick bike ride (if you want to push your bike up the steep hills.)

snowshoeing
24 days 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 :)

hiking
1 month ago

Easy trail IMO, less travelled even in the summer months, you can rent cabins along the trail. Rain jacket, mosquito repellent, and fishing rod are musts.

beautiful trail. best of everything.

Nice wide trail. I did it this last spring for the first time, so this was my second time walking it. I had forgotten how nice and gravelly it is (very little mud!!) Neat view of Brown/Diana & Ward/Juno mountains. Could not find the educational/interpretive signage for Site 1 though... wonder what happened to it.

This is a great trail with taking a simple walk in and around nature with the family

hiking
2 months ago

I’m not sure

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.

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

mountain biking
3 months 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!

A pleasant hike in the woods. The climb at the beginning is a bit of a slog, but the trip around the lake is lovely. An 80-minute hike, at my pace, with a few stops.

Not a difficult trail at all.. good day hike.

the trail itself is definitely not difficult. the whole time basically from the cutoff of Sprawling Meadows Trail you are confined to "board walking" the whole Trail is covered in marshes and muskegs. the trail has a slight incline throughout but nothing difficult. The cabin is beautiful has a great lookout to the water on a clear day. didn't see any wildlife but lots of markings. I only gave it to stars because you're walking on boards the whole time.

hiking
4 months ago

Beautiful views bring sandals your feel will get wet. There is no "your done here" clear end. You will hit medow, forest, medow, forest and eventually end up in a beautiful medow on the top. You lose the trail in the medow but can follow the pink and orange flags in tree branches then finally lose them . it's breathtaking at the top(if its clear) and worth the wet muddy feet.

hiking
4 months ago

Pretty trail with a good incline to start! The trail around the lake is relatively easy. The ground to the left is uneven and you may have to crawl over rocks here and there, but the right side is much more maintained. There aren’t any GRAND mountain views, which I was hoping for, but you will see the mountains as you walk around the lake. It was a pretty and simple trail. I wish I’d had more time so I could have done the upper lake. We started up, to reach a view point of Skagway. The trail to upper lake is basically straight up, and I wouldn’t recommend going up to the “viewpoint” unless you plan to do the entire trail! If you’re looking for nice mountain views of the peaks surrounding Skagway, this hike will leave you wanting more. If you’re looking to stretch your legs and see a pretty lake, this is for you! I don’t think this hike is quite a 3, but I’m not giving it a 4 because the only reason I’d do it again would be to get to upper lake! Still a nice, enjoyable hike!

Great trail with outstanding views the whole way. Watch your step & Take your time. Bad knees should avoid as the downhill is steep.

Hard, but totally worth it! Went half way towards devils punch bowl but sadly the weather turned bad.

hiking
5 months ago

多样化的地型,如果没有雨,那就爽了。但路有点短且爬升不多,我给三个星,应该评容易级。

nice and easy very well trafficked and definitely not hard, a nice trail for a rainy day (as long as you're wearing waterproof shoes)

hiking
5 months ago

Beautiful trail! My first real hike in a little long time (nope not saying how long). My avid hiker girlfriend and I settled for a total of 6.2 miles. I know she was wanting to do more, but I was thinking I still need to hike back so we turned around. Sure felt good to sit in our truck! No so much getting out of it. Lol. First of many beautiful hikes in Alaska for us!! Well groomed trail!

Very well preserved trail with stunning scenery! The trailhead campgrounds are also incredible. A must for any travelers.

Beautiful trail with plenty of great views for photos. Trail is mostly all 2x4 boards that are put together to create steps. Make sure you are ready for tons of stairs. Going done is rough due to the boards but the cabin and view from the top is worth it. Went during dry spell and 74 degrees outside but could tell that the trail would be slippery if it wasn’t for the boards. Reached cabin in 1hr 15mins which was perfect.

hiking
5 months ago

Fun longer loop that takes you nearer the river and past a few beaver ponds. The boardwalk over the ponds allows good views of the surrounding mountains

hiking
5 months ago

Path goes to a great viewing area. There was a Merlin Hawk that tried to catch a duck right in front of us

5 months ago

Almost die. do not do this hike.

buddy rented the cabin and it was rad, beautiful sunset and sunrise

skiing
5 months ago

My mom and I cross country ski on the trail every winter. It’s very easy and long which makes for a good workout. The parking is nice and spacious.

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