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Williwaw Lakes

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Spruce woods, alpine lakes, berry picking, and open tundra.
Near:Anchorage, AK
Distance:14 miles round trip
Elevation Gain:1585 ft
Hike Time:6.5 hours
Trail Condition:Well maintained trail
HikeType:Out and Back

Summary: This is a beautiful trip that takes you past some of Anchorage's most well known peaks. The hike through the valley to the first lake is flat & easy. Pick blueberries, cranberries, and crowberries when in season as you walk among the grassy meadows.

Williwaw lakes are at the end of the valley at the foot of Mt. Williwaw. You can cross the shallow headwaters of the Middle Fork of Campbell Creek here quite easily. The lakes are on the other side of the creek. Great place to have a picnic. A short but steep hike over the pass will afford you fantastic views of the valley on the other side as well as the North Fork of Campbell Creek.

Trailhead: To reach the trailhead drive south on the Seward Highway and turn uphill on O'Malley Road. About 4 miles ahead turn left on Hillside Drive and then right onto Upper O'Malley Road. A 1/2 mile ahead is an intersection, turn left here onto Prospect Drive and continue 1 mile to the stop sign. Turn left, drive .1 mile and then turn right at the Prospect Heights entrance to Chugach State Park.
On foot, follow the trail on the east side of the parking lot and follow the signs to Middle Fork Loop Trail (will head off to the right). Shortly past the second foot bridge (less than 2 miles from the trailhead) look for the fork in the trail and head left (marked). This section of the trail can be extremely muddy after a hard rainfall. (Lat:61.1 Lon:-149.7)

Trail Guides for Williwaw Lakes :
55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska
by Nienhueser and Wolfe (Mountaineers Books)

Best Seasons: Fall, Summer, Winter,
User Groups: Hikers, Dogs,
Ranger Contact: Chugach State Park (907) 345-5014
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Irene Lee, who has posted  1 other hike on this site. To visit this reporters web site, click here.
Trail Reviews  Submit your own review
Reviewed by AHMED on 10/19/2008 is a specialist adventure organisater offering high-quality group mountain biking and walking tours in and around The Atlas Mountains, as well as tailor-made holidays for individuals and private Groups. The organisater is moroccan and managed from Marrakech by People passionate and knowledgeable about Morocco and experienced in the field of adventure travel. The objective of us is taking adventurous visitors off the beaten track to experience and enjoy the extraordinary beauty and unique character of Morocco.

Reviewed by Verola on 8/6/2007
It had been raining in the area for the past few days so the trail was extremely muddy. Make sure your hiking boots are water proofed and bring extra socks. It was an amazing hike. The beginning 5 or 6 miles of the trail was very easy to walk. We saw several moose along the trail. The view of the lakes is very beautiful from the mountain top. Once you have passed the lakes and hiked up the mountain side, there is a wonderful view of Anchorage and the water. Nice and flat and wide at the top. The trail down is very, very steep and you can easily loose footing on slippery patches. Be careful. I loved this hike and will most definitely do it again. Happy hiking!!!!

Reviewed by VO on 5/9/2007
williwaw was willi good :)

Reviewed by mohamed on 12/20/2006
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Reviewed by Katie on 8/25/2006
Very Pretty, but muddy and wet. Had some trouble finding a place to camp.

Reviewed by AnchMike on 8/8/2004
Very pleasant and moderate hike. You do pass through a meadow that the moose seem to enjoy. I once had nine moose around me! The lakes are very nice but not the nicest in the area. Blueberry picking is ok but not as good as other trails in the area. There are occasional bears in the area but they are wary and will run away if they hear or smell you. I have never seen one personally on this trail.

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Keys: Alaska Hiking, Alaska Trails, Alaska Hikes, Anchorage County Hiking, Anchorage County Trails, Anchorage County Hikes

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