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.

Pack List

  •  Water
  •  Food
  • Camera
  • Kayak
  • Parking fee
  • Binoculars
  • Bike
  • Extra Layers (if cold)
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RT Distance 2.6 Miles
Elevation Gain 1800 Feet
Activities Chillin, Photography, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer, Autumn
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Bathrooms
Dog Friendly
Easy Parking
Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Scenic
Wildlife

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