Nature June 07, 2019
Alaska’s Most Refreshing Hike Will Lead You Straight To A Beautiful Swimming Hole
When you think swimming in the summer, Alaska may not be the first place you think of. However, this state has an array of amazing swimming spots! With temperatures that swing from extreme to extreme, having somewhere to cool off in the summertime is a delicious and necessary option. We have a great Alaska swimming hole hike that will bring you to one of the best spots to find some relief from the heat!
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The Chugach State Park is almost 500,000 incredible acres of Alaskan wilderness.
With over 50 trails through this park, it's no surprise that you can find the perfect swimming spot. Hiking back into this mountain range is truly a delight for all of the senses!
The South Fork Eagle River Trail is a stunning hike out into the backcountry, ending at the beautiful Eagle and Symphony Lakes.
It's about 11 miles roundtrip of killer views and only moderate elevation gain. Expect a very doable 1,558 feet of ascension during your hike, although there are some more trying areas to climb near the lakes.
The trail has many sights to see, including wildlife and a wide array of vegetation.
Expect some wild blueberries, low bush cranberries, and gorgeous wildflowers. And remember, you're in bear country! Always be prepared with bear spray and a plan in case you come across more than just moose on your hike.
The trail is regularly maintained, with wooden staircases and bridges over the muddy areas.
Most of the trail is packed down and fairly level. Even though the trail is heavily trafficked, it still holds an air of seclusion.
Right near the end of the trail, about half a mile from the lake, you'll find a moraine field.
These boulders aren't the easiest to scramble over, and this will definitely be the hardest part of your hike. Be aware that if you take your dog with you, this will be very difficult for them. Many hikers report bloody paws of the dogs that attempt this part.
Eagle Lake is one of the two lakes you'll find at the end of the trail.
It is spring fed, and is a clear, blue lake in color. There is also plenty of camping spots around the banks of either lake!
Symphony Lake gets its gorgeous turquoise hue from the glacier silt deposited in it.
Even if you just pack a picnic and sit on the banks of these lakes, it is still the perfect spot. Spend your time soaking in the incredible mountain views, and take a swim to refresh yourself before the hike back!
All in all, this makes for an incredible summer's day adventure.
You can explore the gorgeous wilderness of Chugach State Park by finding the trailhead at Address: 2098 W River Drive, Eagle River, AK 99577. It's an easy, 30 minute drive north of Anchorage.
You can find out more about the South Fork Eagle River Hike
here on AllTrails.
Have you ever explored this Alaska swimming hole hike? What did you think? Let us know in the comments below!
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