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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.
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.
went Girwood to Eagle River, up until Ford crossing at the river the trail was not bad. Crossing the river was chest high on a 5'1 person and swift. Once you cross the river the trail is flooded out in spots and gone! large areas where the trail on the mtn side was gone, fallen off just before the ladder climb. other areas loss dirt where the trail was had fallen off into the river. No trail markings make sure you have a GPS... overall great adventure and full of challenges!! do in 2days
Zachary G. on Mount Baldy Trail
A quick hike that gives you a great view both out towards Anchorage and out towards the valley.
Zachary G. on Wolverine Peak Trail
One of my favorite hikes when I want to do a Chugach mountain without the bustle of Flat Top. Some in the trees, some in the open, and you'll get a great view of the mountains.