dogs on leash
Beyond the foothills at Anchorage's edge lies the third largest state park in America - a half-million acres of some of the most accessible hiking, skiing, camping, wildlife viewing, snowmachining, rafting, and climbing in Alaska. Those of us lucky enough to live here feel the influence of Chugach State Park almost daily.
This is a well-trafficked, easy trail. If you are in the area, it is well worth a quick hike to see this glacier. The trail is well-defined, with moderate inclines. Watch it at the top, if you decide to go playing about on the glacier and the surrounding boulder fields! I helped a man with broken ribs down to the trail head. It's a mean play ground!
Well marked & traveled. Not as steep as I expected for the first 2/3 of the trail. Last push to the peak was a little sketchy in some drifted snow but we managed. Beautiful views of Turnagain Arm and the Seward highway. A nice lookout only 3/4 of a mile into the trail. Enjoyed it!
Fantastic views from the top! Moderately hard for the first 2/3rds and then the last bit is rocky and straight up. There's a sign that says pets not recommended past this point. We didn't listen. Our dog did fine going up, but was terrified going down.
Mild hike, innumerable amounts of mountain goats- bring binoculars. GORGEOUS LAKE ... beautiful hike. Plenty of spots to rest, if you continue to hike the peak it can be quite steep. No snow on the trail whatsoever when I hiked it. Enjoy, be safe and never stop exploring.
What a hike. Easy path to follow, rewarding with its views, and wildlife to entertain you on your hike up. Didn't see a bear but plenty of moose. There's a period where you undergo a long, steep incline-- so the difficulty is measured as it should be--- difficult. The snow caps enhanced the landscapes beauty - as well as its chilliness but all so gratifying. Enjoy your hike as I have!
Starts out easy, then about halfway in it just goes up, and keeps going up. Little break when you get to the first ridge line, but then it's a steep climb again to the summit. Great views all around at the top. Coming down the loose gravel can make the trail slick near the summit, but nothing major.
I agree with another review, you don't have to go to the end. Unless you just want extra exercise and more time enjoying being on the trail, once you get to the nice lake view you can stop. After that the views aren't as good. Crowded trail, I went on a Saturday evening and passed a lot of groups going up. Still makes for a nice day hike.