Craig and I did the Hidden Lake hike a few summers ago. Hidden Lake is right inside the Anchorage Bowl. We accessed this section of the Chugach via the Glen Alps parking lot, you can get here from O’Malley off the New Seward Highway. (Head East on O’malley and folllw signs for the Glen Alps Trailhead.) From the treailhead hike to Powerline Pass and head right towards the town of Indian, AK. Continue down this valley for an hour until you get to the second trail on the left. This one goes to Ship Lake. Hidden Lake is on the way to Ship Lake.
Mount Redoubt erupted this summer (2009) and the volcanic ash covered snow near our hike. This hike is so close to Anchoragua but it feels like you get far away from the city.