Alaska Nature, Seasonal October 20, 2020
Watch Winter Arrive Along The Gorgeous Williwaw Lakes Trail In Alaska
If you’re excited to get up close and personal to winter arriving in our great state, the Williwaw Lakes Trail in the Chugach National Forest will offer great views of the seasons changing. Grab your boots and something warm, and get high in the mountains over Anchorage.
Autumn is coming to a close, and it’s a great time to get out in the mountains before the snow arrives.
There’s a great little trail that brings you out into the Chugach National Forest. The William Lakes Trail offers stunning views of both Anchorage and the wilderness right outside of it.
This trail starts a quick 15-minute drive from downtown Anchorage.
You’ll head up into the mountains to begin your trek. The trail actually starts after hiking three miles out into the mountains, before you’ll come to the branch off for Williwaw Lakes Trail.
The trail is an out and back trail.
From parking lot to parking lot, you can expect to hike just over 16 miles. But the views along the way are work every minute!
Budget an entire day to play in the Chugach.
The elevation gain sounds steep at 2,585 ft, but as it’s spread over such a long distance, it’s not too bad. There are some steep parts, but there’s a lot of trekking through relatively easy areas.
You’ll start the trail at Prospect Heights Trailhead.
There’s plenty of parking at the start of the trailhead. You’ll have to pay $5 for a day pass for each car parked in the lot.
If you can, make sure to soak in these incredible views.
On a clear day, you might see Denali, and Anchorage always looks beautiful. Fall offers a nice clear view, as the dry days will wipe out any humidity that might obscure your city views.
Even though this is a longer hike, it’s a wonderful way to spend the day.
This is such a wonderful way to watch the termination dust creep down the mountains. This hike will make you appreciate the wonder of winter arriving in our wonderful state!
Have you ever hiked the Williwaw Lakes Trail? What did you think? Did you love it? Let us know in the comments!
After your hike, grab a bite to eat at
This Alaska Restaurant That Serves Food So Good You’ll Swear You’re Down South. Address: Williwaw Lakes Trail, Wolverine Trail, Anchorage, AK 99516, USA