Meridian Lakes Trail -INHT (Grayling Lake)

Area Status: Open
This area is Open

The Meridian Lakes (Grayling Lake) Trail is a segment of the longer Iditarod National Historic Trail (INHT).

This short, 1.5 mile hiking trail begins at mile 13.2  on the Seward Highway and gives access to the Iditarod Trail and nearby small lakes. This trail climbs gradually through dense conifer forests and open muskegs giving occasional views of distant mountains. Snow can remain until early June.

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At a Glance

Usage: Light
Best Season: Year-round
Busiest Season: Summer
Restrictions: Closed to motorized vehicles year round. Closed to pack/saddle stock April 1- June 30. Not recommended for horses or bicycles.
Water: Lakes and streams
Operated By: Chugach National Forest
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General Information


Trailhead is on the west side of the Seward Highway, mile 13.2.

Recreation Map

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Lake and Pond Fishing

Fishing for Grayling in Grayling Lake and Rainbow Trout in Meridian, Leech and Long Lakes.

Review Alaska Department of Fish and Game regulations.

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Safety Information

Use caution with bear and moose. Giardia (a microscopic parasite that can infect warm-blooded animals and humans) could be present in all open water sources, boil surface water for 5 minutes before drinking. Winter travel may be hazardous due to avalanches, thin lake ice, and white out conditions above tree line. Winter travelers need to be able to evaluate avalanche and over-ice travel hazards. Be prepared for rapid weather changes. Remember to pack out your trash. You can contact a U.S. Forest Service office to receive more detailed information on safety precautions and Leave No Trace outdoor skills and ethics.


Permit required?: Y

Ice Fishing


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1.5 miles

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  Elevation : 
450 foot elevation gain