Hike Mt. Baldy in Chugach State Park

Mt. Baldy, AK

Excellent day hike with picturesque views of Anchorage, Mt. Susitna, and Denali.

Nestled in the mountains behind Eagle River, AK is Mt. Baldy. The hike to the top is an excellent choice if your time in Alaska is limited. 

The trailhead begins at the end of a spacious parking lot, which also offers some impressive views if any members of you party cannot make the climb. The trail is well-marked and well-traveled, so there should be little confusion on your way to the top.

Whether you are hiking alone, or you have the family with you, Baldy is an attainable goal. The trail can be steep in places, but it is a great place to bring the family. All sorts of berries can be found along the trail during the summer months and the occasional wildlife sighting should be expected. Hiking to the top early in the season, however, can be a challenge. Early in the year, the trail is usually covered in snow, ice, and mud. Be careful if you choose a day early in the season or right after rain, because the trail will inevitably be slick.

Once you reach the top you are instantly presented with scenic views of Anchorage, Mt. Susitna, and Denali (Mt. McKinley) in the distance. Take your time enjoying the view! (Mt. Baldy is a popular spot for paragliding. Keep your eyes peeled for them soaring above you!)

As with any hike, be very careful on the descent. The trail can be very steep in places, so take your time coming down the mountain. This is especially important if the trail is wet.

Pack List

  • Water
  • Snacks
  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • Hiking boots
  • Trekking Poles
  • Extra layers (if needed)
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RT Distance 3 Miles
Elevation Gain 550 Feet
Activities Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Scenic

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Nice short hike

This is a nice short hike. Just went yesterday and there was a lot of mud & slush.

Wear spikes!!

Awesome little hike

Baldy leads to beauty!

Most people stop at Baldy which takes 45min to 1.5hrs. But if you are feeling strong or have a day then keep going. This ridge leads to Blacktail and once you start moving back (obvious alpine trail on a clear day) you are in another world. Ridge line and straight hike up another mountain. Or keep on truck in’.


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