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Talkeetna Lakes Trail - Talkeetna, Alaska

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Distance
3.34 mi
Elevation gain
121 ft
Technical difficulty
Easy
Elevation loss
121 ft
Max elevation
544 ft
TrailRank 
30
Min elevation
392 ft
Trail type
Loop
Moving time
56 minutes
Time
58 minutes
Coordinates
893
Uploaded
July 15, 2023
Recorded
July 2023
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near Talkeetna, Alaska (United States)

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Itinerary description

There are six different trails you can do around four lakes (and you could actually go through all of them since they are all loops). This route is the Eagle Loop which is marked in red on the map and you also see red posts along the path that indicate the right way.

The whole trail is beautiful but there are LOTS of mosquitoes and apparently bears. We didn’t see any thankfully but make sure to take bear spray and talk/make noise all the way so you don’t surprise the bears if you do encounter one.

I will share a few tips the lady of our hotel told us about bear encounters:

For black bears: stand tall, raise your arms and make noise yo intimidate the bear until it goes away.

For brown bears: do quite the opposite… you don’t want to make any eye contact so they don’t feel challenged and charge at you. Carefully lay on the ground either face down or in a fetal position but cover your head and vital organs. The bear will probably be curious but continue on its way. If it does charge at you, spray them with bear spray as fast as possible when they get close enough (no farther than 30ft for it to make effect) and back away slowly, don’t run.

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