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The Best Hiking in Palmer

Looking for the best hiking in Palmer? We've got you covered with the top trails, trips, hiking, backpacking, camping and more around Palmer. The detailed guides, photos, and reviews are all submitted by the Outbound community.

Top hiking spots in and near Palmer

  • Palmer, Alaska

    Hike Lazy Mountain

    5.6 mi / 3000 ft gain
    My sister and I with her dog did this great adventure after completing a Star Wars marathon and being pretty lazy on the couch. We wanted to get up and move our bodies, so we decided to check out this summit hike that ironically was named Lazy Mountain. This is a great hike for those that want a ...
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    W Butte Trail

    2.56 mi / 771 ft gain
    W Butte Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you past scenic surroundings located near Palmer, Alaska.
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Plumley-Maud Trail

    6.64 mi / 361 ft gain
    Plumley-Maud Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see local wildlife located near Palmer, Alaska.
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Bodenburg Butte

    1.02 mi / 659 ft gain
    Bodenburg Butte is a loop trail where you may see local wildlife located near Palmer, Alaska.
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  • 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

    Blueberry Knoll

    3.04 mi / 1457 ft gain
    Blueberry Knoll is an out-and-back trail that takes you through a nice forest located near Palmer, Alaska.
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Hike the Pioneer Ridge-Austin Helmers Trail

    5.0
    9 mi / 5000 ft gain
    Starting at less than 200ft above sea level, the trail starts off steep and never lets up. It climbs through forest until you are at about 2000ft. The trail gets muddy as the ground thaws and becomes very slick. The vegetation thins out as the elevation increases and the trail begins to cut back ...
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  • Palmer, Alaska

    Marmot Mountain

    2.8 mi / 1962 ft gain
    Marmot Mountain is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers 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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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Eydlu Bena Loop Trail

    2.45 mi / 292 ft gain
    Eydlu Bena Loop Trail is a loop trail that takes you by a lake located near Chugiak, Alaska.
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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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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Hike the Twin Peaks Trail

    5.0
    2.6 mi / 1800 ft gain
    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 bathh...
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  • Willow, Alaska

    April Bowl Trail

    2.4 mi / 853 ft gain
    April Bowl Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a lake located near Palmer, Alaska.
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  • Anchorage, Alaska

    Thunderbird Falls Trail

    1.98 mi / 404 ft gain
    Thunderbird Falls Trail is an out-and-back trail that takes you by a waterfall located near Chugial, Alaska.
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  • Willow, Alaska

    Skyscraper Mountain Trail

    2.11 mi / 902 ft gain
    Skyscraper Mountain Trail is an out-and-back trail where you may see beautiful wildflowers located near Willow, Alaska.
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