Grizzly Bear Lake

Girdwood, Alaska

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Plan well before undertaking a hike to Grizzly Bear Lake. To reach the lake, you’ll have to cross miles of untracked backcountry, climb over a steep pass, and pick your way through a daunting moraine field. And that’s the easy route! Because it is so difficult to reach, Grizzly Bear Lake is among the wildest spots in Chugach State Park. The small signs of human presence one expects to find in the more traveled parts of the park—a rusted tin can from a decade-old hunter’s camp, an overturned rock once used to pin down a flapping tent—are entirely absent. Wilderness sprawls around the lake on all sides, devoid of human imprint.

Grizzly Bear Lake Professional Review and Guide

"Plan well before undertaking a hike to Grizzly Bear Lake. To reach the lake, you’ll have to cross miles of untracked backcountry, climb over a steep pass, and pick your way through a daunting moraine field. And that’s the easy route! Because it is so difficult to reach, Grizzly Bear Lake is among the wildest spots in Chugach State Park.

The small signs of human presence one expects to find in the more traveled parts of the park—a rusted tin can from a decade-old hunter’s camp, an overturned rock once used to pin down a flapping tent—are entirely absent. Wilderness sprawls around the lake on all sides, devoid of human imprint."

Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Girdwood
Distance: 19
Elevation Gain: 3,900 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 12 to 15 hours (or overnight)
Season: Best in the summer months
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage A-6
Driving Directions: Directions to Grizzly Bear Lake

Recent Trail Reviews

1/14/2003
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this trail is not for the young what so ever--ive been in alaksa for 40 plus years and ive been to alot of the bush areas and towns in alaska--as for me being in alaska--i was born on a military transport c130 herk from tacoma washington to alaska-----to beging with --i love the trails here --they r so inviting and flourish with good backcountry food--and all natural--natures ways of living off the landthe silence in the woods is very astounding and you can just hear everything around you and that makes for a more relaxing subtle moment with camera and wildlife ---i love feeding the wild game that comes up to you like there is no fear in the world--ive fed moose and small calfs--(which i dont recomend to first timers ) unless u have experience with them --they can kill you in seconds and stomp you dead --the birds and habitat here is abundant -hard to find a place that you dont want to camp at----but warn you now--bring a jungle hammock and stay off the ground---too many bug bites--i particularly care the winter times and hiking here because there is time to build snowcaves and the food is so good cooed in the open air --this trail is the best times in alaska ive ever been on--i look forward to giving you more updates as the years go on ---thanxs spunky (greg)



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May 2018