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Location of Trail to Reed Lakes
to the Reed Lakes trail is not for the faint of heart. After passing
the Little Susitna Road
House (now the Mother Lode Lodge) and heading up the mountain
towards Hatcher Pass, turn right on Fern Mine Road. This road is
typically very pot-holed with a small stream to ford. You'll have
more peace of mind if your car has some clearance.
Mine Road drops into a valley and you cross a one lane wooden bridge.
The parking lot for the Reed Lakes trail is to the right just past
this bridge. The parking area is at about 2,400 feet elevation.
part of the trail is wide and easy walking, climbing slightly and
lined with alders and willows. On reaching the long abandoned Snowbird
Mine village, the trail angles to the right and there is a small
bridge over a stream. This eliminates a lot of excitement of crossing
this particular stream without a bridge, especially if there are
children along. After crossing the stream, the trail is very steep
(so bring plenty of water if it is a warm day) and is especially
rigorous if you find you're carrying a heavy backpack. Make it up
this part and you'll be faced with the famed boulder scramble
where you work you're way across, over and past a field of granite
boulders settled between two ridges.
made it past the boulders, the trail becomes quite a bit easier.
It follows a stream, passes a small lake. On a clear day the scenery
is gorgeous. This is a high mountain area so it is important to
carry appropriate clothing in case the weather conditions change.
Lake, at 3,800 feet elevation, makes a wonderful destination for
the foot-weary to instantly chill their hot feet and rest. The more
energetic can continue the climb to the spectacular waterfall at
the head of Lower Reed Lake and on up to Upper Reed Lake at 4,200
feet elevation. The entire hike can be done as a day hike, bringing
along lunches and water. Or, it makes a great backpack-camping trip
with entire mountain sides of camping spots to choose from!
to hike to Reed Lakes: July and August.