Whether you're new in town or simply looking for someplace new to explore, Rendezvous Peak has some of the Anchorage area's best views.

Rendezvous Peak Trail is an easy to moderate four-mile round-trip hike. The one-mile hike from the 2,600-foot trailhead to the 3,468-foot Saddle is a relatively gentle climb, which becomes a moderate push to Rendezvous Peak at 4,101 feet.

The view from the peak takes in the Anchorage Bowl, Cook Inlet, Knik and Turnagain arms, Fire Island, Mount Susitna, the Ship Creek and Eagle River valleys, Mount Foraker and Denali. Site Summit, the old Nike missile site, is also visible from the trail but is off-limits to hikers. There is also an alternate trail that branches off to Mount Gordon Lyon. Make sure to watch for signs, because there are areas you are not allowed to go past.

The best time of year to go hike is late June and all of July. During the spring this trail can get very muddy. Also, you should watch out for wildlife.

Rendezvous Peak Trail may be accessed by going up the old military utility road just to the left of the kiosk and then turning right onto the gravel trail. The trail will follow along on the left side of Toklat Creek, until the footbridge. Cross the footbridge and turn left on the trail, headed towards the Saddle overlooking Eagle River Valley. Ignore the various smaller trails formed by berry pickers and the side trail that heads uphill under the ski lift.

This is a good place to stop and take in the view. If the hike is too much for you this would be a good place to turn around. If not, turn right at the Saddle to make the final hike up to Rendezvous Peak, or left to go up Mount Gordon Lyon. Stick to the main trail, which wraps around the peak, rather than following the ridge directly. After traversing for half a mile along the ridgeline, the trail turns sharply right and becomes steeper.

The daily user fee is $5 per vehicle or for $25 you may purchase an Arctic Valley Basic Membership, which includes parking privileges.

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