Looking for a great trail near Palmer, Alaska? AllTrails has 28 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking 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 Independence Mine State Park or Hatcher Pass East Management Area, we've got you covered. Ready for some activity? There are 14 moderate trails in Palmer ranging from 0.9 to 50.7 miles and from 49 to 5,265 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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hiking
3 days ago

The stairs killed me but it was definitely worth it!

hiking
8 days ago

Amazing berries above the tree line. Bring a machete to get through the lower half

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rocky
10 days ago

The trail was beautiful when we went. Easy to follow, even the boulder field was good. We crossed the water and stayed to the left on the way up. It seemed longer than what it actually is but that’s probably because we had three young kids with us (7,4, and 2). Spectacular views and definite one of my fav trails!

hiking
muddy
10 days ago

hiking
10 days ago

Hiked it with two 4-year-olds and they did great!! Definitely a great trail for families with young kids.

hiking
10 days ago

Nice day hike, we took dogs and my 5 & 10year old hiked it easily. Easy slight elevation through woods until you get to the steps. We like it a lot more than the opposite side, not as dusty!

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muddy
11 days ago

We hiked this in the rain Saturday afternoon with a 3 year old and 6 year old. They hiked the whole way without any issues. Some parts were a little muddy and slippery, but not too bad. We will do this one again when its not raining.

hiking
11 days ago

Trail is dog and kid friendly. Went with my 4 year old niece and she climbed all the stairs by herself and was doing great! Great hike, great view.

amazing view the entire way. did this as part of the big traverse, even tho the weather was shitty and rainy the entire time - making the boulder real slippery and I fell a couple of times, it's still such a gorgeous trail. amazing lake color, fun waterfalls and just so much to see.

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muddy
14 days ago

Very hard hike for me. Muddy and slippery going up and down. Trekking poles are helpful. Only went part way. No sight of bears. Super cloudy where I stopped then it started raining. Definitely hike with someone because you are in the woods for about an hour or so. Will have to come back and finish this hike!

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rocky
scramble
15 days ago

Beautiful but so many bugs!!

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bugs
16 days ago

did this trail about a month ago 8/1/19. very peaceful. flat land, you could push a wheelchair along it. pretty cool tower to see the grasslands. lots of bugs st the time.

hiking
16 days ago

Lots of stairs but worth it for the views.

off road driving
off trail
16 days ago

Highly recommend in the fall - colors are incredibly vibrant, temps in the 50s/60s, and the off-roading is fun and manageable. Lots to explore and lots to offer.

hiking
16 days ago

Today was chilly and windy, considering how many hikes up here this year that have been warm and sunny- I just feel spoiled! Welcome to the fall. Trails were clear, ptarmigan were abundant and beautiful! They are turning white. Marmot could be heard often. It was a joy to be here. Have a great hike!

hiking
17 days ago

Beautiful views and worth the climb. I under estimated how steep it would be. Took videos and could mostly hear my heavy breathing. My son, stationed at JBER, and 7 year old grandson showed me up and cheered me on when I had to take a break. I was amazed at how my grandson made it up... and didn’t sweat. Glad to hear others thought it was steep too... I would stay it might be moderate for a seasonal climber, but definitely hard for a once in awhile climber. Dinner at Klondike Mikes in Palmer. The end to a great day.

hiking
18 days ago

This is one of my favorite hikes in the hatchers area. It has steep elevation gain with switchbacks at the beginning. Then it plateaus around two gorgeous lakes. For a quick trip or picnic stopping at the lakes is perfect, or you can keep going around the ridge above summit lake that it overlooks.

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rocky
scramble
21 days ago

awesome trail but the smoke obscured the view from the top. blueberries at the top were sparse.

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off trail
rocky
23 days ago

Beautiful hike through 3 hanging valleys, across a boulder field, and let’s out onto a glacier! I think it might have surpassed Reed Lakes as my favorite hike: 1) Less Crowded, for every 9 groups headed up Reed, 1 goes up Snowbird 2) Stunning Views, you get to traverse a glacier and the valleys and peaks beyond it are breathtaking 3) A Challenge, half the trail is over boulder field and rock slides, a much more fun and challenging endeavor than the regular dirt trails! The Trail: from where the Reed Lake sign post and trail veers right at the foot bridges, follow the trail that keeps straight and slightly left through the brush. It soon opens up to a steep climb to the first ruins of Snowbird Mine and the first hanging valley. The trail then evens out a bit among rocks, grass, and blueberry bushes, heading back at a slight incline to the second hanging valley. When you hit the next set of ruins at the opening of the second hanging valley, look for the trail that heads to the right into the old mine structures. It will pick through the old cables and collapsed wood before picking up the main trail back along the old creek bed headed toward the waterfall. As you approach the waterfall, the trail climbs left over loose rock and gravel. The trail can be tricky to follow but there is an orange trail marker at the top that if you work towards, you’ll find the trail again. Follow the trail across the top of the water fall and winding around the left side of a hill. After that, you’ll reach the boulder field, and the end of the maintained trail. The trail is usually blocked off with a small rock formation, and from here it’s mostly cairn hopping and tracking where other people have been. Immediately before the small rock formation at the end of the maintained path, take the trail going left down over the rocks. Follow rock cairns and you’ll end up in the dried ravine at the bottom of the valley. Follow this old creek bed as far as you can go, eventually it ends and you’ll see a dirt trail pick up from there that will take you up the rest of the way over rocks, loose gravel, and boulders until you get to the glacier. If you turn off into the boulder field before this, it’s ok! Keep an eye out for rock cairns, dirt trails, and paths where other people have been and you’ll find your way no problem! My Fitbit clocked in at just under 5 miles to Snowbird Glacier. Then maybe another 1 mile to cross the ice field and climb to the Snowbird Hut. This trail is an excellent alternative to the more crowded/tourist-popular trails of Hatcher Pass. If offers amazing views, a fun climb, and a trek across a glacier!

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rocky
scramble
23 days ago

hiking
no shade
24 days ago

on April Bowl Trail

hiking
24 days ago

Short trail with constant elevation gain but with great vistas of the surrounding valleys and even Denali on the clear day when we did it

hiking
25 days ago

definitely a challenge

it is steep up to the ridge. there is 2 false summits so just keep treking!

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