Explore the most popular State Parks 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.

cross country skiing
10 days ago

Great place to ski. Trails are wide and well maintained. The lake trail was awesome. If you come make sure to visit the nature center.

Beautiful hike with great views of suicide peaks! I see people mountain biking this trail alot also.

I did this hike a couple summers ago. It was a tough hike but was totally worth it especially on a clear day. I did it in late August and a flock of about 30 sandhill cranes flew over top of us as they were heading back south for the winter.

a buddy and I made this climb on 27 Dec 2017. Great hike......I recommend crampons for the decent. The views and silence were amazing.....we also saw some goats near the summit.

My favorite hike

1 month ago

Hiked on 2-10-2018 for the first time. Just moved here from GA, no experience with hiking at all. This was our first hike here in Alaska.

It took my boyfriend and I about 3 hours to complete. We brought our 10 month old in the baby backpack. We kept a nice slow pace, pushing through a couple times on the steeper parts. Weather was nice, however the sun was not out this day. Once we got about 100 yards to the summit I decided to hang back on the rocks with baby. Basically 2 options to the summit - fresh deep snow or rock scrambling. I was not comfortable with either. Boyfriend did reach the top. It started snowing and was quite foggy at this point. Still a beautiful experience. We wore our micro spikes for extra traction - not much ice at all. However we found ourselves wishing we had trekking poles. Met 5 pairs of hikers along the way, 3 of those brought their dogs along. It was a great time.

Simply amazing. Completed on 2-10-18 at the peak of winter! Slight overcast in the morning, but a great day weather-wise. After you make it to the rock pyramid it's a whole new ball game...we hit the summit (being led by mountain goats part of the way) and could see O'Malley, Tikishla, Mount Williwaw, Knoya Point, and 'ol trusty Rusty. Mt. Susitna was clearly visable, and was another reference as to how far back you have to go to reach the peak.Views were spectacular! You really get to step back and see Anchorage and Fire Island in a picturesque manner. McKinley (Denali) and Foraker were veiled...

Strenuous uphill, very beautiful and nice trail.

Good hike but not sure where ice caves were. Climbed big boulders then came back. Later found out ice caves were further past boulders on right. Need to go back now.

Lots of fun and beautiful scenery! Cleats necessary this time of the year.

2 months ago

Great little year round hike. Did it in Jan, -20s temps. The lake is frozen in the winter and you can walk on parts of it. Most stunning is the opening along the Nenana River—bright water against the snow covered banks and mountain views.

2 months ago

This was an easy family friendly hike with lots of beauty during the winter months!! Did this on 12/29/17.

2 months ago


Ussally do this a couple times a year. Super windy up top but not to icy. Kathoolas still recommend.

Nice easy, flat, short scenic trail. Beautiful views of the Tiaga forest, but bring your mosquito repellant. This area rather wet so mosquitos are everywhere.

great hike , a lot snow , some parts icy but I general great hike and the view amazing!!

Trail was iced over. Made for a slippery walk. Should have brought my micro spikes

3 months ago

Nice short hike. Had to climb over a lot of boulders for the last 500 yards or so to get to the bottom of the glacier, but the ice caves were amazing!!!

It’s a nice trail..tons of berries and gorgeous landscape

Busy winter trail with many fat tire bikers. First few miles are easy, but the last mile to Near Point Peak is hard. Overall great hike, great views, and great workout.

Awesome!! Ice caves were beautiful !!!!! Take head lamps to really explore the caves!! Going back!!

Beautiful hike!! SO worth the drive:)

3 months ago

Great Hike with great views of Denali on a clear day, the top had a little rock scrambling. Some young GIs had climbed the same day to change out the american flag.

Visited Pepper Peak yesterday, Nov 26. Climbed to about 4000 feet and decided to turn back as it was pretty steep and I was out alone. Nonetheless it was a great hike. Used micro spikes until the park bench at 2 miles, then put on my new crampons I bough the day before. Ive never owned a pair, but I wish I had sooner. They were needed for most of the ascent. About halfway up the ridge, the trail becomes exposed in certain areas. Probably won’t be long before it’s completely covered. Will be returning in the spring for sure.

3 months ago

we had to park at the entrance because the campground area is closed in winter; this just meant we had more beautiful Lake views. you can follow the road in or hike/snowshoe around the lake to get to the ridge trail which takes you up to kesugi ridge. gorgeous hike with stunning views of denali and the alaska range once you're hiking up to the ridge. it is full of gentle switchbacks which allowed for more views and avoided icy decents. we did not take poles because it was too cold to be holding poles. well woth the stop

nice steady climb. scenic views overlooking anchorage and fire Island. watch for loose rocks towards the end.

4 months ago

Beautiful scenery. What a quick easy hike to do when you are in the area. We were able to walk right up to the glacier since everything was frozen.

Hiked this trail in June of 2015, not too difficult but pretty steep as you near the top, and looser rocks too. It was a nice hike and offered a good view of Anchorage.

4 months ago

Perfect time of year to explore the ice caves. The river is mostly frozen and the caves appear stable as evidenced by lack of ice fall. Recommend quality ice grippers and poles. The valley is in shade all day and it can be windy. The Begich-Boggs visitor center is closed for the season.

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