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    My wife and I our looking for a hike with-in about 45 minutes of Anchorage. This trip will mostly be to test gear, practice for crows pass, and just get a night to ourselves. Along with seeing some wild life and views. We would prefer to hike about 7 miles each way. We've heard Eklutna lake was a good hike but just seeing what we can find on here. Thanks for any info!

    -Matt

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    Eklutna lakeside trail will be nothing like crow pass except that it's in the same mountain range. I recommend the gold mint trail in the Talkeetna mountains just slightly more than an hour drive from anchorage.

    You could also just hike up eagle river valley from the nature center to twin falls or so. Maybe camp on the river there. Would give you some familiarity so that you would be in familiar territory at the end of your crow pass trip.

    Going up the Res from Hope is your other best nearby option.

    Eklutna will not prepare you, no way, no how. You might want to make a few overnight trips before crow pass, a lot if people get in over their heads on that route.

    Have a blast and enjoy.

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    Heading up toward Symphony Lake would be a nice trip, or better yet, head up into the end of the hanging valley above South Fork (same trailhead). Both trips would be about 5 miles round trip with a bit of elevation gain and loss, nice views, and if you head into the hanging valley, some degree of solitude.

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    Crescent Lake trail off of Sterling Hwy. Six miles each way, with camping spots available. Elevation changes, trail changes, beautiful views. Good place to try out gear.

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    Ha I thank everyone for all the info. We want to do every hike we can while we are here so regardless of which we choose now we will accomplish them all!
    -Matt

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    The hike back to Rabbit Lake a good overnight. You can either start at the base of Flat Top up Canyon Road and hike the Rabbit Creek valley back to the lake or you can start at the McHugh Creek trailhead and hike in. You can do an in and out from one trailhead or park a vehicle and do the through hike from Canyon Rd to McHugh or vice versa. The lake is 6-7 miles in, making a total trip of around 13 miles. Sheep, moose, and bears are all frequent on this trip.

    You can increase the difficulty by climbing up to McHugh Peak and taking the ridge back to the lake.

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