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Reflections Lake

Why I Like this Hike: With easy access right off the Glenn Highway, the improved two mile trail around Reflections Lake is more of a walk than a hike making it an excellent choice for families with young children or those with physical disabilities. This hike which borders wetlands with a wildlife viewing tower can be done in all seasons.

How to Get There: Reflections Lake is located at the Knik River Access ramp just north of Palmer on the Glenn Highway. 

Google Map - Reflections Lake

I stopped there recently and was pleasantly surprised to see improvements made to the trail around the lake - bridges, interpretive signs and even a viewing tower. Reflections Lake was originally a gravel pit used for construction of the Glenn Highway. Through the years it became an informal shooting range and repository for abandoned vehicles and junk appliances. The Alaska Department of Environmental Conservation conducted a cleanup of the mostly lead contamination (from shooting) so that the site could be restored as a park. It’s now a quiet retreat just off the Glenn Hwy where you can enjoy the Palmer Hay Flats wetland environment and wildlife viewing.