Hiking Project Logo

Williwaw Lakes Trail

Intermediate
 4.5 (2)

A great backcountry route offering peakbagging and backpacking options.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

5.8

Miles

9.3

KM

Point to Point

3,646' 1,111 m

High

1,947' 593 m

Low

1,741' 531 m

Up

205' 63 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (4°)

21%

Max Grade (12°)

Dogs Off-leash

Features Views

Need to Know

Parking at Glen Alps or Prospect Heights requires a $5 parking fee per day or an annual Alaska State Parks pass.

Description

The Williwaw Lakes Trail is a very scenic trail below several of the tallest peaks in the Chugach front range to a series of beautiful tarns, known as the Williwaw Lakes. The low grade and the abundance of water makes this trail a very popular backpacking trail. Those that enjoy elevation gain also have the opportunity to summit Mount Williwaw, East Tanaina Peak, Koktoya Peak, and Mount Elliott, among others, which are all some of the tallest peaks in the Chugach front range.

The trail can be accessed from either Prospect Heights or Glen Alps Trailheads and connects with the Middle Fork Loop Trail, North Fork Campbell Creek Trail, and the Ballfield/Black Lake Trail, as described by the Williwaw Lakes via the Ballfield.

From the Middle Fork Loop Trail, there is a posted sign for the Williwaw Lakes Trail, that directs you into the Middle Fork Campbell Creek valley. The trail is easy to follow, but even on a very dry summer, the trail somehow remains wet and muddy in certain spots. There are quite a few game/human trails throughout the valley, some of which will try to lure you to the north side of the creek, but the actual trail does not cross the creek until after the first Williwaw Lake.

Continuing up towards the pass, the beauty of the landscape really pops as the brilliant blue lake water is a stark contrast to the brown and green rock/tundra, and you've gained enough elevation to look back down the valley. Once you've reached the pass, there is an undefined transition to the North Fork Campbell Creek Trail that can take you down the North Fork Campbell Creek valley back to civilization.

This trail is predominantly easy with moderate elevation gain near the pass.

Contacts

Shared By:

Abe H

Trail Ratings

  4.5 from 2 votes

#8137

Overall
  4.5 from 2 votes
5 Star
50%
4 Star
50%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Trail Rankings

#97

in Alaska

#8,137

Overall
2 Views Last Month
741 Since Jul 23, 2018
Intermediate

0%
0%
100%
0%
0%
0%

Photos

Dylan and Brett resting below the steep north face of the Ramp.
Feb 27, 2020 near Elmendo…, AK

0 Comments

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Jul 21, 2019
Blythe Easterly