Take This Gorgeous Alpine Trail To Crystal Lakes In Alaska
Crow Pass is a popular place to hike in Girdwood, but the full Crow Pass Trail is a 21-mile one-way and takes several days of backpacking. Luckily, Crystal Lake in Alaska is just three miles up the pass and makes a fantastic destination for a day trip in Alaska. There is a public-use cabin available for reservation if you’d like to spend longer in the fresh mountain air. Head into the Chugach Mountains to try this trail if you haven’t yet! The views are postcard-worthy with Dall sheep and mountain goats, alpine meadows, and turquoise pools. Check out the map and description of this amazing trail in this handy PDF trail guide from Alaska DNR.
Ready to head out on this trail right now? Book the Crow Pass Public Use Cabin and you can hang out for the night and wake up to the glorious mountain views!
Is chasing turquoise lakes your hobby? Check out This One Destination Has The Absolute Bluest Water In Alaska. Also, check out these 11 Magnificent Trails You Have To Hike In Alaska Before You Die.
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Crystal Lake in Alaska
Which alpine trail in Alaska is the best one?
Alpine trails are trails that pass through difficult, mountainous terrain, and Alaska is full of ‘em. The Savage Alpine Trail, for example, is a 4.1-mile point-to-point trail nearby beautiful Denali National Park. It’s challenging, but it’s worth it; the incredible scenery aside, it’s home to an outrageous amount of wildlife. Sometimes it’ll even get closed down because of bear sightings (but don’t worry, you’re still safe)! It’s one of those stunningly amazing trails that really helps us appreciate the incredible natural beauty of Alaska. There’s no place like it, that’s for certain.
What are some absolutely beautiful lakes in Alaska?
Oh, goodness. How are we to choose? With more than 3,100 named lakes and ponds speckled all over the (enormous) state, Alaska’s also home to un-named lakes and ponds (about three million of them, actually). Some do tend to stick out above others in terms of sheer beauty and amazingness, though; one of our favorite absolutely beautiful lakes in Alaska is Lake Clark, within the Lake Clark National Park and Preserve. The park is secluded – it requires a plane or a boat to reach it – and it’s that seclusion that makes this park so incredible. The lake is a crystalline aquamarine color, and the reflections of the surrounding mountains are the cherry on top.
What are some of the best lakes in Alaska for nature lovers?
With so many lakes to choose from, where does one even begin? Some of our favorite lakes that we suspect nature lovers in Alaska will adore include Skilak Lake, in the Kenai Peninsula, which is fed by melted glacier water runoff and as a result is outstandingly clear. There’s also Wonder Lake, in Denali National Park. It offers more than just a pristine and perfect lake; it’s also got a uniquely perfect view of Denali – the highest peak in North America!