About three miles down the Archangel Road in Hatcher Pass is the trailhead to Reed Lakes, Snowbird. One early morning in June we set aside two hours to hike, we were not sure how far we would get in one hour outbound. The start of the trail is spectacular with views of a chain of beaver ponds. The trail follows alongside the creek and looks like it was washed out last fall for about a mile, it is like traveling up a dry stream bed. Along the sides of the rocky bottom you can see where the dirt trail used to be. After a mile the trail gets good again.
After passing some ruins of old cabins the trail makes several stream crossings, each is made quite easy by the use of wooden foot bridges.
This is the view part way up the mountain to the lakes, you can see the ruins of the white cabin and beaver ponds in the distance below. We guessed were about a half hour from the lakes when we turned around. This is an absolutely gorgeous hike and a big MUST DO to go all the way to the top and see the lakes. We will allow more time later this summer and I will post the hike on my blog. Great scenery to include in future paintings!
Gail Niebrugge, Alaskan Artist