Williwaw Lakes

Anchorage, Alaska

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Alpine gems of different sizes, colors, and shapes, and in various settings, the lakes at the base of Mount Williwaw (elevation 5,445 feet) lie in a mountain paradise. Walk amid a wide variety of alpine flowers in grassy meadows studded with scrub hemlock; pick blueberries, cranberries, and crowberries in season. Watch for Dall sheep. Families with older children who are experienced hikers will enjoy this as an overnight trip. Or take the traverse past the Williwaw Lakes, over a pass, down the North Fork of Campbell Creek, then over Near Point and back to the Prospect Heights trailhead. Williwaw Lakes can be reached from either the Prospect Heights or Glen Alps trailheads. The Prospect Heights route is longer but much drier than the traditional route from Glen Alps. At the time of this writing, Chugach State Park staff had begun work on a “dry foot” route from Glen Alps, but they were unable to predict when it would be completed.

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"Alpine gems of different sizes, colors, and shapes, and in various settings, the lakes at the base of Mount Williwaw (elevation 5,445 feet) lie in a mountain paradise. Walk amid a wide variety of alpine flowers in grassy meadows studded with scrub hemlock; pick blueberries, cranberries, and crowberries in season. Watch for Dall sheep.

Families with older children who are experienced hikers will enjoy this as an overnight trip. Or take the traverse past the Williwaw Lakes, over a pass, down the North Fork of Campbell Creek, then over Near Point and back to the Prospect Heights trailhead. Williwaw Lakes can be reached from either the Prospect Heights or Glen Alps trailheads. The Prospect Heights route is longer but much drier than the traditional route from Glen Alps. At the time of this writing, Chugach State Park staff had begun work on a “dry foot” route from Glen Alps, but they were unable to predict when it would be completed."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 18
Elevation Gain: 3,850 feet
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 8 hours - 2 days
Season: June-early Oct
Features: Waterfalls
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A7, A8
Driving Directions: Directions to Williwaw Lakes

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May 2018