Southwest of Alpine and Hannagan Meadow, the Ackre Lake Trail is a 3.5 mile one-way route above 9,000 feet out to Ackre Lake. The route was designed with nordic skiers in mind. This winding path meanders through aspen stands, broad cienegas as well as thick conifer forests. Opportunities to spy elk and deer are endless, as well as a quick glimpse of a bear or woodland hawk. There is also an interpretive brochure for the trail. While it may raise your adrenaline level to go fast, you may want to slow down a little and learn about mixed-conifer ecology and forest management in a high elevation forest.
To reach the trailhead from Alpine, head south on US1919 for 22 miles. The cross country skiing trailhead is located just south of NFS Hannagan Meadow Campground.
Overall, Ackre Lake Trail is the 2nd most popular cross country ski area of all 11 Nordic ski destinations in Arizona. Several of the better cross country ski trails are nearby Ackre Lake Trail including Williams Valley Loop and Hannagan Meadow Loop.
Local Contacts: ASNF (928) 333-4301; Arizona Tourism (866) 275-5816.
Best Season: Jan. - Feb.
Average Difficulty: Easy
Base Camp: NFS Hannagan Meadow Campground
Luxury Loding: Hannagan Meadow Lodge (928) 428-2225
Breakfast Restaurant: Bear Wallow Cafe, Alpine
Reference Source: click here http://www.fs.usda.gov/asnf/
GPS: 33.6358, -109.3278
Date Published: 12/31/2015
Date Updated: 9/26/2018
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