Reed Lakes Trail – Hatcher Pass – Palmer, AK

August 28, 2016

I came back to the Reed Lakes Trail and all the snow was finally gone! When I visited this trail back in June, there was still too much trail to safely finish the hike.  This was one of the most beautiful trails I have hiked in Alaska so far. 

The trail starts out on a gravel path, starts switchbacking up a mountain, and then turns in to some bolder scrambling. The trail returns to a dirt path and leads to the beautiful Lower Reed Lake (pictured below). 

The trail continues up past a waterfall to and even teal-er Upper Reed Lake (pictured below). 

The Reed Lakes Trail ends at the other end of the Upper Reed Lake, however Bomber Glacier sit on the other side of the ridge of Lynx Peak (Lynx Peak pictured above). This was a very steep bolder scramble up to the ridge. 

From the bolder scramble, you can see both Upper and Lower Reed Lakes (pictured above). Once you reach the ridge, Bomber Glacier sits on the opposite side (pictured below). The temperature difference between the two sides of the ridge was dramatic and the wind on the Bomber Glacier side was very strong. 

On Bomber Glacier there is a crashed B-29 plane (pictured below). Unfortunately, I was not prepared to traverse the glacier, so I will save that hike to the plane for another day.  

This hike was about 12 miles total and took 7 hours to finish. My entire body was sore from this hike, as I do not do much scrambling. Despite the difficulty of this hike, I am excited to traverse Bomber Glacier to the B-29 plane in the future. 

For more information I found the following websites useful:

This blog is simply a log of my personal experiences. It is not a travel guide, a trail guide, any other sort of a guide, and it is not intended to give information for replication.


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