Explore the most popular forest 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.

At Eagle River nature center $5 for parking. Gift shop and maps inside. Trail provides a lot of shade on sunny days. Pretty views at the bridge very easy for old and young. Dogs welcome on a leash. Trail is well marked even if you did get lost there's signs every so often to keep you on track.

Closed due to brown bear attacks 7/12/18

4 days ago

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)


6 days 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.

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

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.

12 days ago

This is actually the River Woods Trail.

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.

14 days ago

This was our first trail when we arrived in Alaska. The views are beautiful. It is an easy, laid back trail. We saw a moose as soon as we arrived. Some hikers coming off the trail said they had just seen a brown bear. We kept our eyes open for safety but we didn't see the bear.

This was a very beautiful trail. Scenic and easy. There was a yellow bear alert up when we were there. Be safe and alert at all times.

It’s a great hiking trail. A lot of uphill but it’s not too bad even for a sedentary out-of-shape person like me. I didn’t do the entire trail though, stopped at the bridge with a nice view of the river and the valley. We saw a moose along the trail.

27 days ago

Very nice and easy trail. Great views of the surrounding mountains and of eagle river.

Very easy, no climb. Beautiful scenery. A nice walk, I’d take visitors or folks not used to vigorous hikes for sure.

Started at Alyeska side. Still too early in the season...had to turn around at the pass due to all the snow. Perhaps with snow shoes, but it was too soft to support my pack and weight and I kept falling through. Snow patches leading up to the pass were compact and walkable, but made the trail difficult to find at times.

Finished this hike this morning. Trail was dry most of the way but the wet/muddy areas were passable. Lakes are free of ice though there are some patches of snow.

So worth the climb. We made it to “Nipple point” and ran out of time, but will definitely be back to this trail again to go all the way. Views the whole way.

Started around 11am this morning. trail was nice and dry most of the way with very few patches of snow here and there. Both lakes were still partially frozen but still well worth the hike in

on Albert Loop Trail

1 month ago

Easy trail! Beautiful scenery and so wonderful to hear all the birds singing!

Easy hike as far as elevation goes. Beautiful. We saw moose, ptarmigan and sheep. A little busy for my liking, but it was on Memorial Day. We were geocaching, so we put in 12.5 miles, per the Garmin.

nice trail, a little muddy today, some recent bear scat. be bear aware on this trail

1 month ago

Beautiful day and trail. Easy with my small dog. Great vistas!

1 month ago

Nice easy trip to Symphony and Eagle Lakes. Several good camping spots along shore of Symphony Lake. Trail still a little muddy. Both lakes frozen on 5/27. Many ptarmigan and terns near the lakes.
Very popular day hike. Distance is wrong on trail description. It’s 6.3 miles to the lakes.

1 month ago

2 months ago

Good trail. Muddy with a bit of snow. Need to cross water towards the end, but nothing major. Highlight was coming within 30 feet of a moose on the way back, who, fortunately, didn’t seem to mind our music.

2 months ago

Nice, short trail. Great for children! Still a little muddy but nothing terrible

1st trek of 2018. Nice trail, still a bit muddy and icy in places as expected.

Hiked this trail today, started off at 0930 with one other vehicle in the parking lot. It was a rather easy hike however, I only made it out about 3.5 to 4 miles. 95% of the trail is soft slushy snow. The views were amazing the entire way. I can't wait to go back in the next few weeks/months once it thaws out a bit more. Most of the incline is right at the beginning of the trail for maybe .3 miles. After that it was pretty flat with small hills.

nice, short trail. very little mud.

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