Looking for a great trail near Willow, Alaska? AllTrails has 5 great hiking trails, views 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 3 moderate trails in Willow ranging from 3.7 to 13.4 miles and from 216 to 2,952 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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This has to be my all time favorite hiking destination in the state. It's not to difficult if you take your time, and plan on spending the day.

Beautiful and easy. Bear protection is a must.

hiking
1 month ago

Great trail, beautiful scenery. Well worth coming up to Hatcher Pass if your in the Anchorage area. Did this trail mid July and the upper lake was still completely frozen! Also saw some cool wildlife ,we stumbled upon 2 wolverines and also saw a few Marmots!

snowshoeing
1 month ago

Very easy! Made it a little past mile 3 with groomed trails then had to start blazing our own. Turned around maybe a mile and a half from the end due to deep snow and a darkening sky. It was a gorgeous day with incredible 360 views. And the sunset on the mountains, just no words to describe it! Will go again in summer and hopefully find the hut :)

Very scenic and beautiful views! The rock crossings are a bit challenging but worth it. Loved that I was able to bring my dog with.

hiking
3 months ago

Made it to Upper Reed Lake on 10/23/18.
I parked in the turn around spot across from the fee station because the trailhead parking lot would have destroyed my car’s undercarriage, and it only added maybe 5 minutes to my hike.
The trail was pretty easy until you get to the boulders. I needed my nano-spikes and I’m glad I had them in my pack. After the boulders I wish I also had packed my snow-shoes, and I lost the trail. I followed some faint leftover ski tracks but was very cautious because of not being sure if where I was stepping was actually solid ground. I had intended to get to the bomber, but I’ll wait till spring/summer when the trail is easier to spot and follow. No animal sightings.

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4 months ago

Worth the hike!!! :) definitely doing this trail again!

hiking
4 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. I wouldn’t suggest doing it in the rain or snow as the boulder fields would be pretty tricky and you could easily break an ankle if wet but a stunning hike. Finished in 5 hours.

One of my yearlong favorite trails. Great for families. Easy hike in the spring , summer, and fall. Great for cross country skiing once the snow falls.

Fun trail, but definitely not an easy trail. I would rate it as moderate. Starts off fairly steep with a little scree section before it mellows out and leads into a nice little rock garden. After that it’s fairly easy to get to the top. I would say the hardest part is coming down the first steep scree section. Took me way longer than it should! If you’re looking for great views and a fun challenge I recommend this mountain!

another must do! really nice wide gravel trail to start with a couple of bridges to cross the river. then a switchback climb leading you past a waterfall and onto a more challenging boulder field to navigate. once you are through the boulders, there is a gradual incline before making it to the first reeds lake. if you have more time, I recommend continuing on the the 2nd lake.

hiking
5 months ago

AMAZING hike! The portion that winds through the boulder field was pretty fun! I recommend this hike! Amazing scenery and awesome day hike. Finished it in about 5 hours and stopped often to take photos!

Tons of fun, highly recommend stopping here. good mix of difficulty but well worth the view. little slick if raining!

hiking
6 months ago

Fun hike; two kids in tow- 4 year old and 2 year old. Carried the 2 year old in a backpack. Rolling hills- easy enough. Beautiful scenery. Some bear sign, saw no bears. We hiked in mid August after the weather had cooled significantly and the mosquitos were not as bad. Fun hike for family.

hiking
6 months ago

So much fun doing this hike today! This is my all time favorite trail. Just make sure to wear good hiking boots and good mood. Expect to get muddy or wet on the legs. Pretty rocky and fun hopping around. Beautiful scenery will not disappoint you as you put work into the hike. Parking is $5 cash. Would bring truck since the way up is kinda rough. Bring lots of water to drink. Snack may not be a bad idea since it took 5 hours for me and my husband to complete the hiking. Will do it again!

hiking
6 months ago

This hike was amazing. Beautiful scenery and wildlife. 100% would recommend

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome hike but should be rated hard, not moderate. Lots of bouldering on wet rocks so be careful not to slip. Beautiful pools of water along the way and lush green grass. We made it to the first lake and had lunch then headed back down. Definitely check this one out!

This trail was my favorite during my trip to Alaska. We backpacked in to the lower lake and set up camp for the night. Once we set up, we hiked another 20/30 minutes to see the upper lake. It was a relatively easy hike even with all our camping gear. I went with someone who had recently done the trail. If not, I may have found the boulder field a bit difficult to navigate. Lots of people with dogs that made it a day hike. I would absolutely recommend this hike for anyone that has the time.

6 months ago

Awesome hike to the bomber crash

hiking
6 months ago

Beautiful trail! My first real hike in a little long time (nope not saying how long). My avid hiker girlfriend and I settled for a total of 6.2 miles. I know she was wanting to do more, but I was thinking I still need to hike back so we turned around. Sure felt good to sit in our truck! No so much getting out of it. Lol. First of many beautiful hikes in Alaska for us!! Well groomed trail!

6 months ago

Almost die. do not do this hike.

backpacking
6 months ago

This hike is SO beautiful. It quickly moved up
to the #1 spot for our favorite hike. It has varied terrain/ spectacular views/ waterfalls and then the 2 gorgeous teal lakes at the finish. We also made the trek up to the B-29 Bomber crash site from our campsite at the upper lake. This trek is FAR from mellow! I would rate it hard! BUT it is worth it.

skiing
6 months ago

My mom and I cross country ski on the trail every winter. It’s very easy and long which makes for a good workout. The parking is nice and spacious.

I LOVE this trail. The parking is a little tricky and the road leading to it is rough. I definitely recommend taking a truck or something higher off the ground. You begin the train by hiking back into the valley, following a river that eventually leads to a beaver lodge. The trail then heads up a relatively steep incline where you’re met with boulders. The boulders are a little difficult to navigate when wet, but they shake things up and that’s what I like! The lake itself is amazing and very cold! There were beavers there last time I was there which was about a year ago. I definitely recommend this hike to anyone who is willing to go for a lengthy hike in Hatcher Pass.

hiking
7 months ago

Great family hike. Lakes along the way. We didn’t make it all the way, but did 6 miles and the kids loved it. Steady traffic. We didn’t see any wildlife, but I would always recommend being prepared for it. Beautiful views. Minimal mosquitoes. Trail was mostly dry.Some mud spots and some spots where you had to cross small portions of water flowing over, still easy for kids with no adult assistance.

hiking
7 months ago

Gorgeous! The boulder field was a little more difficult to navigate than I had imagined, but the rest of the trail was terrific.

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful! Pretty easy hike and the bouldering makes it interesting. Went up early July and it started hailing once we got up to the waterfall which just made it more fun.

Enjoyed the hike but turned around about mile 4.5. The trail was very muddy and mucky. The other hiker did not have waterproof boots on.

Regardless, the scenery was lovely and the weather was perfect.

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

paddle sports
7 months ago

First time canoeing in Alaska and it was wonderful! Great campsites halfway!

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