Reed Lakes

Jonesville, Alaska

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At the foot of towering granite spires reminiscent of the high Sierra, plunging cascades feed alpine Reed Lakes. On the edge of the vast wilderness of the Talkeetna Mountains, this mountain world is unlike any other near Anchorage. Watch for ptarmigan, marmots, ground squirrels, pikas, northern shrikes, and golden eagles. The road is rutted and quite bumpy but mostly level. It requires fording a small stream. Standard passenger cars with good clearance generally can make it if driven carefully. In winter, park in a plowed turnout along the Hatcher Pass Road near the beginning of Archangel Road or at the Gold–Mint trailhead, and take a shovel in case your car gets stuck.

Reed Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"At the foot of towering granite spires reminiscent of the high Sierra, plunging cascades feed alpine Reed Lakes. On the edge of the vast wilderness of the Talkeetna Mountains, this mountain world is unlike any other near Anchorage. Watch for ptarmigan, marmots, ground squirrels, pikas, northern shrikes, and golden eagles.

The road is rutted and quite bumpy but mostly level. It requires fording a small stream. Standard passenger cars with good clearance generally can make it if driven carefully. In winter, park in a plowed turnout along the Hatcher Pass Road near the beginning of Archangel Road or at the Gold–Mint trailhead, and take a shovel in case your car gets stuck."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Jonesville
Distance: 9
Elevation Gain: 1,850 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Duration: 5-7 hours
Season: July-Sept
Local Contacts: Alaska Division of Parks and Outdoor Recreation and Alaska Division of Mining, Land, & Water
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage D6
Driving Directions: Directions to Reed Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

9/14/2009
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Fantastic hike, great views, the upper lake was still frozen over and Archangel rd was closed to vehicle traffic adding and extra 4.6 miles round trip, none-the-less one of my favorite hikes.


8/2/2009
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Archangel Road was packed with cars-but trail wasn't so busy. Loved the hike. Managed to do it with a 3 and 7 year old, and out of shape dog, but well worth the effort. The 'boulder scramble' was a challenge, but the views and blueberries make it all woth it. :0) We made it up to Upper Reed Lake-decided against going further to the bomber ruins but will do that next time. A new favorite hike for my family.



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May 2018