Bold Ridge Overlook

Chugiak, Alaska

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Climbing through mixed forests and idyllic alpine meadows, the Bold Ridge Trail is hard to beat for scenery both above and below treeline. The trail follows an abandoned roadbed through a canopy of birch and alder to treeline, then enters a large cirque at the base of Bold Peak’s striking north face. A short climb up the tundra to Bold Ridge rewards you with an expansive view of Eklutna Lake, distant Knik Arm, and Eklutna Glacier. To reach the Bold Ridge Overlook Trail, you must first travel the initial 5 miles of the Eklutna Lakeside Trail (Hike 2), a wide gravel road following the shoreline. Biking this stretch (bikes are available for rent at the trailhead) of the Lakeside Trail will save you several hours and allow for a leisurely day trip. Look for a sign marking the Bold Ridge Overlook Trail just past the bridge over Bold Creek.

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"Climbing through mixed forests and idyllic alpine meadows, the Bold Ridge Trail is hard to beat for scenery both above and below treeline. The trail follows an abandoned roadbed through a canopy of birch and alder to treeline, then enters a large cirque at the base of Bold Peak’s striking north face. A short climb up the tundra to Bold Ridge rewards you with an expansive view of Eklutna Lake, distant Knik Arm, and Eklutna Glacier.

To reach the Bold Ridge Overlook Trail, you must first travel the initial 5 miles of the Eklutna Lakeside Trail (Hike 2), a wide gravel road following the shoreline. Biking this stretch (bikes are available for rent at the trailhead) of the Lakeside Trail will save you several hours and allow for a leisurely day trip. Look for a sign marking the Bold Ridge Overlook Trail just past the bridge over Bold Creek."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Chugiak
Distance: 17
Elevation Gain: 3,700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: 5 to 6 hours (from Lakeside Trail)
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage B-6
Driving Directions: Directions to Bold Ridge Overlook

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May 2018