Powerline Trail - Hiking
The Powerline Trail offers a glimpse of Alaskan wilderness just twenty minutes from downtown Anchorage.
The Powerline Trail is 14 miles each way, but you don't have to get up to the pass itself to make it a spectacular hike.
Destination Distance From Downtown
It may sound like an oxymoron, but the Powerline Trail runs through some of Southcentral Alaska's most accessible wilderness: craggy peaks, high mountain passes, and stunning alpine lakes are just a twenty-minute drive from downtown Anchorage.
Time To Complete
You can hike, bike, or cross-country ski endless permutations of the Powerline Trail and its offshoots. Plan a couple of hours to take in the sights.
The trail crosses avalanche runout zones in winter and early spring, and you'll want to consider wildlife, as well—moose and bears are regularly spotted in their respective seasons—but the Powerline Trail is a year-round recreation destination.
Dogs are allowed in Chugach State Park, but keep an eye out for wildlife.
Plan to pay the $5 parking fee (credit cards accepted at the Glen Alps Trailhead) or display an Alaska State Parks annual pass in your vehicle.