Hike the Twin Peaks Trail

2.6 miles 1800 ft gain  - Out-and-Back Trail

Added by Josh Hollandsworth

Easy to access glacial lake with amazing views from above, located about 40 minutes from downtown Anchorage. Eklutna Lake is glacier fed, making the water a rich turquoise color. 

The lake is surrounded by snow-capped mountains that host a variety of interesting wildlife. If you look closely, it is not uncommon to see a Dall's sheep or two on the mountain side. At the western edge of the lake, you will find the parking lot and trailhead. There are picnic tables and a bathhouse located next to the parking lot if you choose to hang out by the lake for the day.

If you decide to go hiking, you can follow the trailhead from the parking lot all the way to the top of the Twin Peaks trail. The hike is just under 3 miles and offers some amazing views. Most people take frequent breaks at the designated lookout points to have a seat and enjoy the view. Check out this link for a trail map and more details: http://dnr.alaska.gov/Assets/uploads/DNRPublic/parks/maps/eklutnalaketrailguide.pdf

*It is very unlikely that you will have cellphone reception unless you climb up the mountain, so be prepared to enjoy the peaceful solitude for a few hours.

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🥇Top Contributor

3 months ago

Great hike!

Awesome hike close to Anchorage. Get started early and then when you are done relax by the lake! $5 parking charge (another reason to get there early, this place fills up). We also did Pepper Peak Trail in addition to this. Love this lake!

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over 2 years ago

Up and up, no flat.

Clearly marked trail head a minute from parking lot. Obvious, easy but steep old road bed that brings you into the steep upper valley south side twin peaks. There is a bench where the trail narrows to single track at tree line. From there it’s alpine and you can go to Salt and Pepper peak or twin peaks. Look for sheep.

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