Eagle River Guided Hiking
Eagle River offers a range of hikes, from easy nature walks to strenuous treks. Rent a car in Anchorage and take a short 15-minute drive to Eagle River to access some of the region’s best hiking destinations. Combine your hiking adventure with other activities like kayaking and paddleboarding, made easy with the rental companies below. You can also take part in multi-day alpine treks for a stunning adventure.
Eagle River Guided Hiking
Grab a paddle and set off in a kayak across the glacier-fed turquoise waters of Eklutna Lake with experienced tour company Lifetime Adventures. You’ll have the option of renting a kayak or enjoying a guided tour around the lake in a single or double kayak — no experience necessary! Combination tours that include biking or hiking are also available.
Hop on a full-suspension mountain bike and pedal your way around the gorgeous Eklutna Lake with experienced tour company Lifetime Adventures. Rent a bike and set off your own, or take the guided bike tour and gain insights along the way! Combination tours that include kayaking or hiking are also available.
Short on time and want to see another side of Anchorage and the gorgeous surrounding area? Take a small-group tour with Escaping Anchorage, whose owner, Brittney, creates personalized adventures featuring beautiful scenery and real insights.
Get out there on one or more of these super-accessible trips, which range from easy nature walks to strenuous alpine multi-day treks. You’ll not only get a healthy dose of scenery, you’ll also exercise your body, mind, and soul. In winter, marvel at frozen waterfalls, snowshoe treks and even heli-snowshoeing!
When snow allows, several looped ski trails are groomed near Eagle River High School and along the slope overlooking the river canyon. A fun option connects trails near the school to a multi-use section over the snowbound roads inside the Eagle River campground of Chugach State Park. This 6‑kilometer system is a fun way to explore the river corridor, with connections to extensive multi-use routes
This hidden, little visited waterfall feels immense as it fills its small canyon with a roar that can be heard during the approach. Tucked into a gorge where the South Fork of Eagle River takes a 25-foot-plus plunge, the falls split into two channels as they cascade over a giant bedrock outcrop and are very photogenic. One of the Chugach’s secret places. The surrounding access trails are part of the Eagle River Greenbelt system, but private… ...more
If people suggest climbing Flattop, tell them you’d rather climb Rendezvous Peak. Flattop is arguably Alaska’s most popular (and therefore, most crowded) mountain; Rendezvous is far less crowded and offers better views from the summit. See them by hiking up 1,500 feet to the 4,050-foot summit.
Well used trail by locals as a short (1−2 hour) aerobic hike with nice views. Take Eagle River Loop to Skyline, and follow the road as it swichbacks going up and eventually ends with parking alongside the road.
Forty minutes from downtown Anchorage lies Eagle River Nature Center, a gateway to Chugach State Park and a glacial river valley as wild and dramatic as any in Alaska. Enjoy an easy, 3‑mile nature walk on the Albert Loop or trek up-valley 5 miles to see plunging waterfalls and 3,000-foot cliffs. In winter, traverse the trails on cross-country skis or snowshoes.