Hidden Lake Trail – Anchorage, Alaska

September 24, 2016

There are several trails that can be accessed from the Glen Alps Trailhead, and yesterday we decided to hike the Hidden Lake Trail. We had a gift card for a year subscription to the OnXMaps Roam app, and tested it out on this hike. The app kept track of our hiking location, time, distance, and speed of the hike. The trail map had to be downloaded to the phone prior to using the map. We hiked a total of 10.6 miles in 4.5 hours, and below is the gps tracking of our hike. I normally hike with my Fitbit set on “hike”, but I will be downloading the OnXMaps Roam on to my personal phone for future hikes. 

As you can see from the screenshot above, we started our hike from the Glen Alps Trailhead and accessed the hidden lake trail from Powerline Pass. 

This was the first weekend of Fall, and this was the first weekend with “termination dust.” The Fall colors plus the termination dust made for beautiful views. 

This was an easy hike until about the last mile heading up to the lake.  The last bit heading up to the lake was a little steep and a little rocky, but nothing too difficult. The first body of water we came to is a little pond (pictured below). This IS NOT Hidden Lake. I hiked this trail a few weeks ago (using my Fitbit instead of the Roam app for GPS), and I actually turned around at this pond. A few other people hiking that day also turned around at this point. 

We continued up the mountain to Hidden Lake (pictured above). There are a couple different trails leading up to the lake. 

We took one of the trails on the way up, and took the other trail on the way back down. 

Look close at the picture below for four Ptarmigan. 

There was more wildlife on the way back to the trailhead. 

We saw four moose, several sheep, and a wolverine. Unfortunately I wasn’t able to get a picture of the wolverine…

…but got a couple shots of different moose. 

Overall this was an easy 10-mile hike. I loved using the Roam app, and in my opinion, it puts the Fitbit GPS to shame. I can’t wait to test this app out on more trails!

For more information I found the following websites helpful:

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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