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

hiking
2 days ago

Well worth the hike. I’d recommend going up the hard route (right) and reward yourself by coming down the easier side (left). The views at the top were breathtaking. Took about 35 minutes up with water breaks and had the summit to myself. If you have the time, continue along the ridge to Black Tail (another must do).

The trail is reopened after the fatal mauling.
Be bear aware; this trail is part of the bears home area, bring bear spray,make noise, dont hike alone and stay together.

The trail itself is well maintained, easy to follow and clean. The last section you need to cross a boulder field,watch your step,and take your time. The first bridge is roughly half way there. We had no issue with bugs but still brought bug spray.

It is a long walk bring enough water and snacks/lunch. don't forget to bring your trash out with you.

hiking
6 days ago

Steep steep to the top, but so worth it! Went down the easier way, and that helped a lot.

First time ever today. So awesome! The views are spectacular.

hiking
15 days ago

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

hiking
17 days ago

Our hike on this trail was terrific. The road going to the trail head was freshly paved in 2018. Terrific view of Eagle River at the top. My 5 year old did it under his own power, so I would describe it as a family friendly hike. I highly recommend trekking poles for stability, they were a huge help in a few spots.

hiking
21 days ago

If you want a challenge take the telephone trail path up and keep on right to connect with main trail. It will work every muscle in your legs. Feels great!

Definitely a good workout hike. Trekking poles would definitely help on the way down. Beautiful view from the top.

Hiked it yesterday with my husband 3 kids and dog. Was an awesome hike and the view at the top was amazing!!

hiking
25 days ago

Beautiful hike, read the reviews and they were definitely right! Take the right trail at the fork to get the steepest part of out the way on the way up!

Great day hike near the old Nike Missile Site across from JBER and amazing views of the Anchorage bowl area. My son and I followed the ridge over to Highland Mt from Gordon Lyon for a view of downtown Eagle River. Gordon Lyon definitely steeper on the backside!

Snack bar at the trail head and lodge available to rent. They have had trouble with vehicle break-ins here so I recommend going on the weekend when there’s more people. Watch out for cow parsnip at the beginning of the trail -toxic to humans and pets. Trail accessible from Arctic Valley Rd (open from 0600-2200).

hiking
25 days ago

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Went up on the right fork, came down on the left. Beautiful views. For someone who’s afraid of heights, it took us an hour to reach the top. Loved this hike!

Great hike. Close to Anchorage and suitable for many.

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Recommend trekking poles to help with the climb down if you choose to go down the steeper side.

hiking
1 month ago

The trailhead is confusing to find. You will go thru the locked red gate then continue to the electrical structure with the fence around it then if you look to the left the trailhead starts. The hike is great but up is a must. Hiking sticks would have been helpful.

Closed due to brown bear attacks 7/12/18

Don’t do this hike right now, there was a fatal bear attack weeks ago and Fish and Game was unable to find the bear responsible in this area. They recently reopened the area, but with an increase in bear sightings in the area they closed it and placed traps. Please be safe! (ADN article below for more information)

https://www.adn.com/alaska-news/wildlife/2018/07/11/bear-traps-reset-after-new-encounters-in-area-of-fatal-eagle-river-mauling/

walking
1 month ago

Dog and kid friendly. One of the most beautiful platform decks that I’ve ever been too. My 3-year old daughter and I can’t stop returning. Check out the hollow tree along the route as it also makes for a great picture. We did see a black bear along the trail but it didn’t mind our presence.

My favorite hike. Done it many times!

hiking
1 month ago

Never saw a waterfall & BRING BUG SPRAY!!!! Nice trail to just stroll down and dip your feet in the river

I did this trail with my girlfriend and our 1 year old son a couple days ago and there were a billion flies on the ridge. Other than the flies it was absolutely amazing. However, this is a faily tough hike with steep inclines on loose rock. If you go past "Tucker Mountain" on the small game trail to the left expect to hike another 45 minutes and gain around 800ft in elevation to reach Magnificent Proper. We made it about 300ft from the summit before a very steep drop in the trail forced us to turn around (too risky with a baby in hand). All in all an amazing hike with incredible views.

Great first hike with my dog. Views aren't the best but still a relaxing hike. The trail leads off into a few other trails to explore next time. We only went as far as the bridge over the creek this time around.

Amazing . Just amazing.

1 month ago

This is actually the River Woods Trail.

hiking
1 month ago

Heck. This hike is nicely steep but the view is so amazing!! Well worth the sweat on a nice day.

Took the trail back to Symphony and Eagle lakes, it was absolutely beautiful. Well worth the trek!

It’s more like a large creek. Great trial though

The trail for the most part was well labeled until we had to cross a rather large river which I wasn’t expecting but none the-less it was still a really nice and easy hike with no large hills.

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