Lunch on a Log at Eklutna Lake Trail


My hiking partner, Evelyn Bunch, getting ready to leave our lunch spot along the beach on the Eklutna Lake Trail. We estimated that we hiked about 4 miles out, 8 miles round trip, on a lovely level trail that skirts the lake. I’ve been sidelined for a few weeks with a knee/leg injury so I was seeking a hike that wasn’t a big challenge physically, this was the perfect choice! On a cloudy, warm day we enjoyed views of this stunning glacier fed lake, cooled by an occasional sprinkle of rain, we commented that this was perfect hiking weather.

This is my last hike in the valley for awhile, next week I will embark on a 10 day stay at Denali National Park serving as Artist-in-Residence. I’m confident that plenty of hiking is in the mix during my residency. I may not be able to send daily blogs during my Denali visit as access to internet is generally limited to outside the park boundaries, so we shall see. Whatever the situation, I’ll certainly post photos and stories about my adventures once I’ve returned to the studio.

Gail Niebrugge, Alaska artist

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  1. That is a great trail. The glacier at the end is very dramatic!

  2. I’ve been told it is a great trail to mountain bike, it is 13 miles to the end, a little long for a hike. It was just lovely, views of the lake all along the way.

  3. I’ll look forward to your Denali posts and photos, Gail. Have a wonderful time!


  4. I’ll post everything, hopefully from the park. Gail

  5. Yeah, we used to mountain bike it when we lived in Eagle River.

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