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“Beautiful park and trail”

Talkeetna Lakes Park
Ranked #11 of 13 things to do in Talkeetna
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Reviewed 28 June 2018

We took the 3.2 mile hike around the lake and it was beautiful. Highly recommend this hike - an easy walk with lovely views.

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Reviewed 1 September 2017

We enjoyed hiking around lakes X,and Y, and seeing lake Z. We saw two pacific loons. It was a little rainy, but the hike was refreshing and easy to follow since the signs are clear. What a nice quiet hike near Talkeetna!

1  Thank Roxanne W
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Reviewed 15 August 2017

This lake is the best kept secret in Talkeetna.
We rented a canoe from the Kahiltna Bistro for $25 and it was one of our favorite things that we did on our entire trip to Alaska. If you get lucky with the weather it is pretty unforgettable.
At first we had a little trouble finding the park (we drove past it first because the person who rented us the canoe didn't really know how to direct us there), but once we were re-directed by a kind local we pulled in to the parking lot and paid the $5 use fee.
When we arrived, we had the entire lake (XY Lake) to ourselves for a while and it was sublime. Incredibly beautiful and peaceful. If you canoe out away from the dock and to the left side of the lake (around the bend) there is a stunning view of Denali on a clear day.
We paddled around the lake for hours, exploring little coves and islands on the lake, admiring the peaceful and quiet setting, feeling like the only people around. We pulled up onto the shore and jumped in the water to cool off and it was a good swim! Chilly water, but very refreshing.
We didn't get a chance to hike the trails surrounding the lakes, but we saw a few hikers making the loop as we paddled around and it looked like a nice walk.
This was a wonderful break from the crowded and touristy riverbank near downtown Talkeetna and gave us a much better feel for the raw and pristine landscape of the surrounding area. It was positively dreamy! If you are looking for an off-the-beaten-path spot to enjoy the peacefulness of the Alaskan landscape, I highly recommend this place.

1  Thank bearandmoose
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Reviewed 14 July 2017

My friend and I stopped here to walk around X lake, a three-mile loop that is well-marked with red stakes along the way. We walked this clockwise. There were a few gentle rises but is otherwise an easy walk for most people. We saw a few ptarmigans and lots of butterflies, tall ferns and wildflowers. There are shorter trails one can hike as well that are all marked with differently-colored stakes..

We came across several groups of people hiking the opposite direction. Several people were canoeing in the quiet lake.

For those coming here to hike, don't forget to grab a map of the lakes at the parking lot information sign, as one can hike various paths and create one's own route. This park is maintained by the town of Talkeetna (it's not part of the Alaska State parks system. Restrooms are at the parking lot. Bring water!

Access the park via Comsat Avenue before entering the town of Talkeetna. Entry will be on the right side of the road. The parking lot provides for ample space.

Thank conniegum
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Reviewed 8 July 2017

One sunny afternoon during our 4 days in Talkeetna, we drove to the Talkeetna Lakes Park Day Use Area. There is a $5.00 fee to park here. This Park is the first right hand turn on Comsat Road. There is no clearly visible sign until you are right on top of the turn. The trailhead is just a short walk down the path. You can see X Lake to your right as you start down the trail. Eventually, you will see Y Lake a little to the north and Z Lake a little to the south. The hike around X & Y Lakes is about 3+ miles. For a period of time, you will have no view of any lake as you climb into the forest. The wildflowers were in bloom - gorgeous! We saw a number of trees with Old Man's Beard moss hanging from the limbs. We saw and heard a few birds, a few ducks but no other creatures. We ran into a family that had encountered a porcupine and they showed us their pictures of the critter. Eventually, we came out of the forest and saw the lake in front of us and we followed it around to our starting point. The day we hiked here we did not encounter many others on the trail. A lovely hike on a sunny afternoon. And we enjoyed the fact that these lakes are named X, Y & Z!

Thank Vermonters210
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