Explore the most popular lake 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
21 hours ago

This trail, besides its closest access point being the University ski hut, is part of the trail system accessible from Ballaine Lake and Sheep Creek Rd.

trail running
21 hours ago

I run these trails all summer. There's a loop that's about 5 miles and another route that'll get you about 6 miles when starting from Ballaine Lake. Other access points to these trails are at Sheep Creek Road and the University ski hut. From Sheep Creek there's an additional trail along the road that goes a good ways. I've always turned back before zI've gotten to the end of that trail so I don't know how far it goes, but it would be an out and back.

1 day ago

We hiked to the upper most point of this trail where you can look downward at Lost Lake and enjoy a lunch break with a 360 view. Thats 5.5 miles in and again back out. In took us 2 hours 50 minutes. Out took 2 hours 20 minutes. The views of the mountains, Seward and the bay, the waterfalls.... wildflowers. Great hike.

nature trips
1 day ago

out and back day trips. seen some blue grouse lots of huckleberry when in season. a beautiful day here.

1 day ago

A great trail that is well marked and maintained. However be aware of the bugs in the summer. We managed to escape with few bites without bug nets by using off deep woods wipes every 20-30 minutes and 100% deet spray. We were also warned that bears can be especially frequent on this trail.

1 day ago

The first two miles are really boring-then it starts to get good. Easy trail overall, doesn’t feel like you’re really gaining hardly any elevation. A lot of cars at the trailhead, but pretty sure 85% of them were for Flattop.

2 days ago

Did this 38 mile trail in 2 1/2 days. Well marked with plenty of water resources, campsites and bear boxes. Beautiful views and easy elevation gain/drops.

Beautiful hike to a lake on a well maintained trail. Very peaceful and serine. Easy access from cruise port. Ended up going all the way to Upper Reid Falls for a 5.5 our pack trip. Well worth it.

First over night backpacking trip with Girls Who Hike Ak! It was a great hike. Awesome views, not horrible weather. Started at Primerose.

Good trail little over grown. We didn’t make it all the way because it was to thick and had just rained so we turned around at mile 3. The trail is beautiful and I would recommend this trail.

So hard but worth! Definitely recommend.

3 days ago

This was a steep hike, but definitely worth the cardio workout! The rock formations and views from the top were unbelievable! There is some opportunity to do some rock scaling to truly take in the scenery from the pinnacle. Definitely recommend bringing bug spray for the hike on the way down (at least during the summer).

mountain biking
4 days ago

Very well maintained trail. The views are pretty nice.

Such a fun trail! Lots of trails to connect with, beautiful views, and gentle elevation changes. We'd have hiked for several more hours if the bugs hadn't been so bad. Make sure to take bug dope, sunscreen, water, and a well charged phone. My phone died, so only half of our hike recorded.

Amazing hike. Fingers crossed you don't have fog the whole time.

5 days ago

Very beautiful views at the top. I would rate this as hard because of the steepness of the trail. A climb of 3,000 feet in about 2.5 miles one way and about 5 miles round trip. Make sure continue to Devils Punchbowl as well. You will have to do a bit of rock scrambling to get to Devils Punchbowl.

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This trail shows off Denali taking you through tundra, which fades into a beautiful spruce forest. It ends at the huge glacier runoff where you can see Denali on a clear day. We went in the beginning of July 2018 and the Mosquitos were crazy bad. We sprayed several times with mosquito spray which kept them at bay. We never got bit but they were thick in some spots. It was so worth it because the views are amazing. I would do this trail again and again.

7 days ago

well maitained trail, saw several bikers using it as well. Trail ends a a river that does not offer much view of the galcier. Better veiw is just before the end of trail. There is way to get to the glacier, but we did not have time to make it to tgr glacier.

scenic driving
7 days ago

Stunning views from start to finish.

Closed due to brown bear attacks 7/12/18

7 days ago

Very easy hike. Terrain is easy to traverse, no steep ascents or descents. Great hike if you looking for an easy pace through the woods with the sound of a lake nearby

Awesome hike! I did this in 2 days but it would be great to spend several extra days on the ridge exploring. There are some steep parts but very doable even for those not in great shape. Several boggy areas but all are easy to go around or through on well placed rocks or board walks. Great variety in the terrain and views, it was never boring. I did see a family of black bears near the trail, marmots, moose and tons of ground squirrels. Definitely the best way to see Denali. Be careful on a clear hot day the sun is brutal even with sunscreen. There are plenty of snow melt streams for water, near the end there are lakes. Do not forget the bug dope, there are lots of mosquitoes in some parts. There are 3 pit latrines along the route. Little Coal Creek trailhead is just a parking lot/outhouse/trailhead off the highway - hidden from the road. Byers Lake is a pretty big campground.

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)


Great hiking trail with moderate terrain. It's a great place to bring the kids and dogs.

Knocked this out with a group of 6 and 2 doggos yesterday, weather conditions were a bit iffy (light rain most of the day before and during) which made the transition from trail to boulder crossings/bouldering a bit sketchier for some of the group. Stopped at lower reed lake for some lunch and a great view then took off. One of our party ended up falling and spraining (or small break not sure yet) an ankle with a pre existing injury. Ended up doing a lot of buddy and team carry variants for about 4 miles to the trailhead. Shitty situation but good lessons learned for individuals and group ie; route selection during transitions, kit considerations for medical etc.

All that aside, can’t complain will def return to hit upper

Easy hike. Great way to see the wildlife without venturing too far into the park. Moose, birds, and beaver.

Great way to see the glacier. Lots of great spots for photos, views of the glacier and waterfall, and (sadly) lots of evidence of the glacier receding from the rocks on the road. Heavily trafficked to final viewing sandbar.

Steep first 500 ft but the lake is totally gorgeous! Once you get to the lake trail its such a fun walk: picnic spots, tiny off trail islands, good rock skipping, wildflowers, a cliff jumping stop, rock scramble and various other cool views. Great way to see a beautiful place very close to the main downtown if you're bored with the countless jewelry stores and tourist traps downtown.

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