Nature March 27, 2018
Hike To This Unbelievably Beautiful Alaska Lake High In The Mountains
The Talkeetna Mountains are absolutely beautiful, and accessible to many Alaskans who live in the Southcentral part of the state. Gold Mint Trail is a great hike, and at the top lies Moonstone Lake, a place so enchanting so will think you are dreaming. The lake was left behind after the withdrawal of the Gold Mint Glacier from the top of the peak, and the resulting aquamarine color is out of this world. So head up this trail for the breathtaking views, fresh air and arrive at Moonstone Lake for a magical experience in Alaska.
Gold Mint Glacier Trailhead – Mile 13.7 Hatcher Pass Road
Government Peak Campground – Mile 11 Hatcher Pass Road
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An adventure to Moonstone Lake takes all day, so plan an adventure weekend and bring your camping gear. Take the Parks Highway to the Matanuska-Susitna Valley and head onto the Palmer-Fishhook Road, also called Hatcher Pass Road.
The Talkeetna Mountains are one of Alaska's most beautiful and accessible ranges, near the Matanuska-Susitna Valley. Watch the sunrise as you leave civilization and cruise towards the unspoiled wilderness.
At 11 mile lies the Government Peak Campground, a 10 site location perfect for hikers. You can set up camp so everything is ready for your return and cruise a few miles more down the road to the trailhead.
The Little Susitna River follows Hatcher Pass Road and the trail. Take a moment to stop by this joyful little river any time you need a break along the journey.
This area is well trafficked all times of the year. In the summer and fall, hiking is the popular way to explore. Winter options include skiing, snow machine and snowshoeing the trial. Some even paraglide off these staggering mountains.
The Gold Mint Trail is 13 miles one way, but is relatively easy. The first few miles are well groomed and easy for a stroller or wheelchair. The last 1/8 mile is rocky as you head up to the glacier rimmed peak.
The weather can change quickly in these mountains. Make sure you check the forecast and prepare for rain or snow and cold winds any time of year. With proper planning and gear, the trip should be no problem.
There is a cabin at the top run by the Alaska Mountaineering Club. Contact them for availability and membership information. If you want the ultimate adventure weekend, stay here for more time to explore the area and Moonstone Lake.
The hike ends when you arrive at the crown jewel of the adventure, Moonstone Lake. This gorgeous glacial water is azure blue and perfect for an easy pack raft paddle or a picnic by the shore.
Visit the Talkeetna Mountains and take Gold Mint Trial to Moonstone Lake for an Alaskan adventure you'll never forget.
To experience these mountains from the road, check out
The Jaw Dropping Mountain Drive Everyone In Alaska Needs To Experience At Least Once. For more adventures destinations, try 15 Mountain Towns In Alaska That Are Straight Out Of A Storybook.
Have you been to the Talkeetna Mountains? Tell us about it in the comments below?