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Eagle and Symphony Lakes

Chugach State Park, Eagle River, Anchorage, AK
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Beautiful 12+ mile round trip hike with stunning lakes at the end!

Hiked this trail the other day with the goal of catching some grayling out of Symphony lake (the... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Matt K
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My Favorite Hike!

The hike out to these two lakes is by far my favorite of all the hikes I have done in Alaska. The... read more

Reviewed 9 April 2017
Schuylerville, New York
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Chugach State Park, Eagle River, Anchorage, AK
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Hiked this trail the other day with the goal of catching some grayling out of Symphony lake (the further of the two) and was so glad we took the adventure! Trail was easy going up to the first lake (Eagle lake) and then had to...More

Thank Matt K
Reviewed 9 April 2017 via mobile

The hike out to these two lakes is by far my favorite of all the hikes I have done in Alaska. The view at the end of this hike is so worth the 6 mile (one way) hike. The trail is easy and there isn't...More

2  Thank stevewillette
Reviewed 5 September 2016 via mobile

We have been on the South Fork trail many times but have never had the time to go to Eagle and Symphony Lakes. You will love the trail no matter how far you go. However the Eagle and Symphony Lake destination is worth the 12...More

1  Thank AlaskaFamilia
Reviewed 8 July 2016

While this hike can be a little challenging, it is worth the effort. Beautiful mountain views, lake views, and valley views.

Thank Hilary R
Reviewed 28 June 2016

Located near Eagle River - this hike for the most part is very easy. Some people will have some difficulty in the moraine (rocks) near the lakes; just take your time and watch your footing to keep your ankles happy for the hike back. I...More

Thank NateoftheNorth
Reviewed 10 June 2016

This is a great hike along the south fork of Eagle River to a couple of turquoise lakes surrounded by incredible mountain scenery. The trailhead is only about a half hour drive from downtown Anchorage. It's about a nine mile roundtrip hike to the lakes....More

1  Thank alaskantravelnut
Reviewed 2 June 2015

An absolute amazing journey through the valley, surrounded by the Chugach Mountains. This is too spectacular to miss. The hike is fairly easy, with well maintained trails, and amazing views, so make sure you bring your camera to capture the moments and good hiking shoes,...More

1  Thank Charlotte V
Reviewed 20 May 2015

This is a wonderful place right in Anchorage's backyard, and it offers a lot of options for day hikers. If you just have a little time, you don't have to go all the way to the lakes, and you'll still have a beautiful hike. A...More

1  Thank akgog
Reviewed 23 April 2015

The South Fork Trail head in Eagle River's South Fork Valley is the access to hike into Eagle and Symphony Lakes. I live in the valley and this is my favorite spot in all of Alaska for hikes as soon as the snow melts from...More

1  Thank Live2TravelReview
Reviewed 14 December 2014

Such a nice hike! Went there twice: once in November, once in December. Make sure to allow yourself enough time for the full hike to the lakes in the winter months, so you don't have to hurry to get back before the dark will fall....More

1  Thank Dan S
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16 June 2016|
Response from alaskantravelnut | Reviewed this property |
You will find firewood, at least until you approach the lake, which is at a higher elevation. If you are going to camp in the vicinity of the lake, I'd bring a jet boil.