Reed Lakes

Palmer, Alaska

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The trail provides wonderful access for day hikes or overnight treks into jagged granite peaks, rock walls, glaciers, and lakes in the heart of the Talkeetna Mountains. An annual pilgrimage for many Anchorage and Mat-Su hikers, the Reed Lakes Trail leads into the heart of the Talkeetna Mountains, a land of jagged granite peaks, rock walls, blocky boulders, glaciers, and cirque lakes. The trail makes a great long day hike, but there are plenty of good campsites near the lakes and on the benches above them. Rock climbers use the trail to get to good climbing areas.

Reed Lakes Professional Review and Guide

"The trail provides wonderful access for day hikes or overnight treks into jagged granite peaks, rock walls, glaciers, and lakes in the heart of the Talkeetna Mountains. An annual pilgrimage for many Anchorage and Mat-Su hikers, the Reed Lakes Trail leads into the heart of the Talkeetna Mountains, a land of jagged granite peaks, rock walls, blocky boulders, glaciers, and cirque lakes.

The trail makes a great long day hike, but there are plenty of good campsites near the lakes and on the benches above them. Rock climbers use the trail to get to good climbing areas."

Activity Type: Climbing, Hiking, Mountain Biking
Nearby City: Palmer
Distance: 3-4 miles
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Moderate
Season: Best July to mid-September
Features: Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Alaska State Parks, Mat- Su/Copper Basin Area, Finger Lake, Mile 0.7 Bogard Road, 7278 East Bogard Rd., Wasilla, AK 99654; (907) 745-3975; dnr. alaska.gov/parks/
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage D-6
Driving Directions: Directions to Reed Lakes

Recent Trail Reviews

9/7/2008
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My roommate and I really enjoyed this trail. I would consider this a good beginner/moderate trail, with the start pretty easy, with some steep areas later. The lakes are beautiful, the view of the surrounding mountains breathtaking. Don't forget your camera. This is also how you get to Bomber glacier, just over the ridge past the second Reed lake.


7/23/2008
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Great trail, beautiful scenery.


8/13/2007
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A great, quiet hike. The first mile or two are very easy, but once it starts climbing, it gets steep quickly. I went on a rainy day, and the approach to the talus field was very muddy and rather slippery--wear proper foot gear and be careful! The scramble over the boulders was enjoyable, especially as the water wove in and out. Upper Reed Lake is beautiful--well worth the trip up.


6/16/2006
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So far my all time favorite trail. Did it last August for a different experience. In AUgust all is green (but still chilly at the top). In June the upper lake was still mostly frozen. Needed to do some trudging through the snow sometimes a foot deep. In some places it was possible to go around. But either way early or late season this is a fantastic trail. It has it all: switchbacks up the steep part, boulder hopping, and seeming starategic plateaus to catch your breath. Great views - no city in site. Can't beat it for the energy expenditure.



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May 2018