Williwaw Lakes Trail and The Ballpark

Anchorage, Alaska

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The Williwaw Lakes, tucked high in a valley above East Anchorage, are a justifiably popular backpacking destination. Two trails lead to their shores: the gentle Williwaw Lakes Trail and the more rugged Ballpark trail. Hikers looking for an easy route to the lakes will want to use the Williwaw Lakes Trail, but a more interesting route makes a loop connecting The Ballpark to the Williwaw Lakes Trail as described below. While you can easily make a day trip to these pristine lakes, the valley is also great place to camp and explore. Possible side trips include climbs on O’Malley Peak and Mount Williwaw.

Williwaw Lakes Trail and The Ballpark Professional Review and Guide

"The Williwaw Lakes, tucked high in a valley above East Anchorage, are a justifiably popular backpacking destination. Two trails lead to their shores: the gentle Williwaw Lakes Trail and the more rugged Ballpark trail.

Hikers looking for an easy route to the lakes will want to use the Williwaw Lakes Trail, but a more interesting route makes a loop connecting The Ballpark to the Williwaw Lakes Trail as described below. While you can easily make a day trip to these pristine lakes, the valley is also great place to camp and explore. Possible side trips include climbs on O’Malley Peak and Mount Williwaw."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 8
Elevation Gain: 1,800 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 to 7 hours
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A-7, Anchorage A-8
Driving Directions: Directions to Williwaw Lakes Trail and The Ballpark

Recent Trail Reviews

7/25/2008
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This trail is awesome, but going over Little O'Malley and through the Ball Park is a little tough for novices but makes the whole hike better. The first view of the lakes is pretty amazing. Camp by the lakes or Campbell Creek, then take the easy way home the next day(the regular williwaw trail). Overall the loop was awesome, though the descents were a little tough (hence the decision to slide down the snow...which was scary and could have easily turned bad, but it was much quicker). Great trail for dogs, mine had a blast. Leave enough time to explore the lakes and head back to Long Lake. Saw quite a few other people but no bears or sheep, saw moose at a distance on the way out (near Powerline). Saw a few ground squirrels.



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