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The Best Camping in Palmer

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Top camping spots in and near Palmer

  • Palmer, Alaska

    Knik Glacier via Jim Creek

    40.47 mi / 669 ft gain
    Knik Glacier via Jim Creek is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Palmer, Alaska.
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Hike to Alaska's Mint Hut

    5.0
    9 mi / 2500 ft gain
    Start your adventure by driving 1.5 hours north of Anchorage to the Gold Mint Trailhead about 20 mins away from the town of Palmer. Pay for parking, there is a day fee and a camping (choose either depending on your ambitions).  This trail can be broken down in four (unequal) sections.  The easy s...
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Hike the Gold Mint Trail

    16 mi
    Hiking through this valley really shows off the amazing landscape of Alaska.The trailhead starts at mile 13.7 on Hatcher Pass Rd. There is a big parking lot ($5 for a day pass). The trail has mile markers for the first 5 miles and is fairly well groomed, although you do have to do a little bushwh...
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Explore Eklutna Lake

    This beautiful lake is fed by Eklutna Glacier.   There is so much to do here:  Rent bikes or kayaks (bring your own too).  Info about renting is here.   Walk or bike along the trail that wraps around the lake Hike Twin Peaks TrailIf you want a more difficult hike, do Pepper Peak. This hike incorp...
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Hike Reed Lakes, AK

    5.0
    18 mi / 1850 ft gain
    The trail head starts at the small unpaved parking lot which is free, (it was very full though because of berry picking). The trail starts off wide and flat as you walk through a beautiful valley surrounded by trees and giant granite mountain peaks. The trail changes to an upward climb with lots...
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Hike the Crow Pass National Historic Trail

    4.0
    22.6 mi / 3100 ft gain
    Starting at an elevation of 600 feet from the Eagle River Nature Center, the trail runs through the Eagle River Valley and climbs over Crow Pass to Girdwood.The trail follows the river for almost 12 miles before requiring a ford. Fords can be very dangerous and it is very important to understand ...
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Camp at Chugach State Park

    3 mi
    All trails start from the Eagle River Nature Center, located in the Chugach Forest. There are many different trails and loops (from less than a mile to 25 miles), so no matter your experience, there is a good trail for you. A trail map of the area is available here.There are cabins located about ...
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  • Willow, Alaska

    Lynx Lake Canoe Route

    3.93 mi / 167 ft gain
    Lynx Lake Canoe Route is a point-to-point trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Willow, Alaska.
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Hike up Flattop Mountain

    3.9
    3.4 mi / 1300 ft gain
    This moderate to difficult climb starts at 2200 feet and gets progressively difficult as you get closer to the top. It will cost $5(cash or card) to park at the Glen Alps Trailhead where you will find a set of well maintained trails accessing different parts of the valley including O'mally Peak.F...
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Crow Pass, Crystal Lake and Barnes Mountain Trail

    6.01 mi / 2090 ft gain
    Crow Pass, Crystal Lake and Barnes Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Girdwood, Alaska.
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Hike to Rabbit Lake & McHugh Peak

    4.5
    5 mi / 200 ft gain
    Rabbit lake and McHugh peak easy way in trail starts at Canyon Road off DeArmoun. This road is still not completely paved and I recommend you drive slow. You must arrived early to obtain parking spots on the weekends otherwise you'll be fine. Parking is free. The change of elevation is minimum ye...
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Drive along Turnagain Arm

    5.0
    This stretch of highway is just as beautiful (if not more!) as the famous Pacific Coast Highway on the west coast. You truly couldn’t ask for more.  Beautiful mountains, glaciers, and water provide the scenery here.   There are dozens of pull off opportunities. The highway is marked with mile mar...
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Falls Creek

    5.38 mi / 3094 ft gain
    Falls Creek is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Indian, Alaska.
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  • Hope, Alaska

    Gull Rock

    11.45 mi / 1765 ft gain
    Gull Rock is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a river located near Hope, Alaska.
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