Three Bears, Alaska is a quaint place outside of Wasilla, in what is know as the valley. Three Bears is located on Jim’s Creek, which is a favorite Salmon fishing spot. In addition, there are other attractions close by. Hiking on Hatcher’s Pass promises a magical and beautiful experience. Summit Lake is not far and offers a scenic drive to enjoy as well as a rewarding hike. Finger Lake is picturesque and offers lake fishing from a public pier.
Three Bears is a short drive from Anchorage and is more a village than a a suburb of Wasilla. Three Bears is a remote location. It has some rental cabins that are well stocked and provide a great “log” cabin feel for your enjoyment. There is a cabin that allows dogs. Make reservations well in advance to get this cabin. The cabins are named and come with a camp fire and picnic area. Provided also is your firewood. The camp fire is great to enjoy on the cool Fall nights while watching the sunset. Sit out by the fire with your glass of wine and relax!!
Jim’s Creek is known for it’s great Salmon fishing. Check to make sure that it will be open for fishing. The Fish and Game will close the different Salmon fishing spots according to needs. If the Salmon start to run low then the area will be closed. Also, it will close during the spawning. Regardless, if the creek is not open, it still provides a great place to enjoy and soak up the beautiful sunsets.
Hatcher’s Pass is close by and offers hiking along the Susitna River, fondly referred to as the Mighty Su. The hiking trail will actually take you out on the river where boulder hopping will be required. It is not a difficult hike, in that it is not uphill all the way. However, for the less agile types you might want to skip the part that leads over the boulders. Should you embrace the boulder hopping area, you will be treated to some of the most beautiful views of the Mighty Su. The water is cold and turns a iridescent hue of a blue-ish green that defies description. Be sure to bring your video recorder and camera. The shots are incomparable.
The drive to Summit Lake takes you on a winding, two-lane road that offers some spectacular views. As you climb up above the timber line, you will occasionally get a glimpse of the valley below. The views of the valley from this vantage point are framed by the majestic mountains on either side. By the time you get to the trail head to hike up to Summit Lake, you will feel like you’ve been transported to Northern Scotland in the highlands. There are several paths that will get you to the summit and Summit Lake. Any of these trails are fine and offers a great experience. This hiking trail is uphill all the way, but not impossible. It is still a trail and not like mountain climbing. Just before the summit you will crest a peak that offers a great photograph opportunity. You can see down into the valley below and Summit Lake. The lake is the most beautiful shade of a emerald green. It is not a large lake but it is clear to see that it is deep. Once at the lake you’ll want to sit down for a bit and just enjoy your accomplishment and reward for hiking up.
Finger Lake is probably the closest attraction to Three Bears. It is a beautiful, sparkling lake that offers fishing and kayaking. It also has a public park complete with a playground for the families with young children. There are walking paths that wind around through the woods not far from the public pier. A spectacular, rocky mountain watches over you as you enjoy all the lake has to offer. There are many private weekend and summer cabins. It is not unusual to spot a locals landing their plane on the lake and taxi up to a private pier attached to a beautiful summer cabin. There are as many airplanes in Alaska and there are cars. They are a part of the attractions of Alaska.
If you decide to visit Three Bears be sure to bring your video recorder, camera, hiking boots, and fishing gear. This is a weekend that will not disappoint. Get a cabin, cook out on the deck over looking Jim’s Creek, and enjoy the campfire. You’ll revel in all your weekend has given upon your return to civilization.