Explore the best trails near Willow with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Pammy W. on Hatcher Pass Road
beautiful drive, scenic walk and hikes. did it multiple times 2013 thru 2015.
The road getting to the trail is compact dirt, fairly steep, and full of switchbacks. Once you get to the summit (about 3.8k feet above sea level) you can hike the rest of the way up to the peak of the mountain. It's a little challenging towards the top but the absolutely breath taking views are worth it.
absolutely love this area. It's close to home and yet far enough away. The views are breath taking all year long. You can take your time and take in the view. Well worth your time and energy. My dog loves it year round too. Great place to let your dog run and just play.
I Really don't know how to rate this. I gave this a 4 star because it was such beautiful scenery once I made it to the top and saw the pond up there. I am over weight and a disabled vet so I did get anxious about the look down because it was in the open. The trail was a dirt path, a little muddy in a few areas and rocks. I saw 8 and 10 year olds going up/down with no problems and so I muscled through my fear and pain. I felt accomplished so that's also in my rating but I can't really give an accurate difficulty level. We had less than an hour to make it up and down because they lock the gate. It was ok for our group because we had a skilled hiker who hustled down, moved the car so I didn't have to rush down.
Rich Z. on Hatcher Pass Road
Beautiful drive up the pass, nice hiking trails with awesome views. Perfect day or afternoon hike/drive.
Nice easy hike that leads to beautiful Red Shirt Lake. That being said, the mosquitos were out in the hundreds when we went on this hike. The Pike fishing was awesome and the lake was gorgeous. Not a lot of people out on it because you have to hike to get to it, so great if you want to get away from the crowds. On the hike back the mosquitos weren't nearly as bad; but still, be prepared!
Liz B. on Red Shirt Lake Trail
By Alaska standards, this is a very easy hike. Not much elevation gain at all, if any. I would recommend waiting until the weather is colder to take this hike, though, because of the bugs. Mosquitoes the size of small birds will eat you alive out here amidst a number of area lakes. When you get to Red Shirt Lake, it is a great peaceful spot to fish, canoe or just lie on the bank.
This is an awesome trail. We spent Memorial Day weekend out there. The crowds were absent. We had our pick of the campsites. Which were very nice. Some of the islands have outhouses and campsites. There is bear boxes at some sites and the campsites around Lynx lake have tent platforms. The sounds of the loons at night and in the mornings were very eery but awesome. The sunsets over the lakes were beautiful. Skeeters weren't too bad yet!