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Went on this hike while on an Alaska Cruise. We were looking for an opportunity to step outside of the touristy excursions and take Alaska on its own terms. We were not disappointed. This trail is incredible. Views from the two lower lookouts are well worth the effort.

Lots of mushroom picking opportunities right now on this hike. Not easy but not hard. Well maintained trail during the entire hike. When you get to the fork in the trail (as you near the lake), the left trail will take you to a bridge with a pretty view of a creek before reaching the lake. The trail switches to planks of wood, some of which are a little unstable so watch your footing! This trail ends quickly as you get to the lake (less than a 10 min walk) and it’s a beautiful view! There is a decent sized down tree to sit down and relax on. If you take the trail on the right, it will again turn to planks of wood (much sturdier) and continue on for quite awhile next to the lake. You can pick up another trail on this one if you continue on, but I don’t know how far away it is. The trailhead is far from the highway so you don’t have any traffic noise at all. Great hike!

hiking
30 days ago

Did this hike yesterday. Sunny and warm day (50s). The trail itself is well maintained. Excellent views. Saw some mountain goats far off in the distance. Great view of Ketchikan Lake about 3/4 of the way up. Cool A frame cabin about 1/4 mile off the main trail on a side trail. Definitely a difficult hike if you aren’t used to hiking. We took our time and stayed out there all day. Lots of cool mushrooms along the way! Overall, great hike and great day. Worth it.

By far best trail I’ve been on , with multiple views , worth going to!

These views are spectacular! There is nothing to compare the peace and beauty of this trip. You do have to cross a pretty crazy stream; so bring your water shoes. A group of my friends and I backpacked and had an amazing time!! Be prepared for anything. Our trip was about 22 miles because there had been a recent snow storm and we had to hike over the snow. Remember iodine tablets so you can refill your water! Worth every step!!!

I live in Indian right next to the end of Powerline Pass, so I start this trail opposite of everyone else. it's just a gradual inclined hike from this direction. Views of the Turnagain Arm and Bird Ridge are pretty great

This hike was very beautiful, the lake was big with plenty of places to camp. I wish I brought a fishing pole!!

hiking
1 month ago

Great quick hike. Hand tram was fun!

mountain biking
1 month ago

This review is from someone who tried to bike from Primrose trail head up to the lake and back. Apparently, most individuals who bike it prefer to start at the Lost Lake trail head and through bike up to the lake and down to Primrose. We kept wondering why everyone was passing us the opposite way. Otherwise, the rating would be different. We bit off way more than we could chew trying to bike up this way. We are definitely not very advanced mountain bikers and we had to carry our bikes up a lot of the steeper/root-filled sections. Didn't make for the most awesome experience. However, the views and riding at the top by the lake are phenomenal and the ride back down was most supreme. So, definitely don't recommend trying to bike up from Primrose unless you've got some experience and skill. Other than that the trail was absolutely wonderful!

Beautiful scenery & very well maintained trail! Easy hike. Take your kids they should be able to complete it. However be careful. We Crossed paths with a hungry bear (just a black bear which poses little threat to humans) eating salmon in the river the trail runs through.

hiking
1 month ago

It was an amazing day! The hike is definitely challenging, but making it to top is sooooo worth it. Took us 3 hrs to get to the top and and 75 mins to get back down. Walking sticks and good shoes will make it easier, but we saw a few folks along the way without those things that seemed to be just fine.

Amazing views. Tough terrain with a few washouts and rerouting of path. Started in girdwood and finished in eagle river over 2 nights. No bears or moose seen. River crossing was knee height around 330pm.

1 month ago

Amazing fall colors, warm, no wind and beauty at every corner!

Definitely a decent hike. A friend and I hiked about 5 miles in our first evening there and decided to set up camp at the bottom of the glacier after seeing a monster grizzly hanging around the hillside. I swear the second day it felt like we had hiked 20+ miles. Although it was a long second day, the weather, the views, the river crossings, were all an experience that was well worth the hike.

mountain biking
2 months ago

I only did an out and back to top Powerline Pass from Flattop then turned around to get back to Flattop car park. Great option is to bike to Green Lake then hike from there to Grey Lake then 2 options to get to Powerline pass, I prefer to back track and take high trail to top of pass rather than up scree like steep slope. Views are lovely of the lakes down to Anchorage with sleeping lady Beyoncé. Bike back to Flattop trailhead is a blast with a bit of a push on the last section to make it feel like a workout after ~ 3 miles of coasting

Awesome hike, 65 degres today, The views were breathtaking. Definitely coming back to explore more. Bring lots of water as the inclines are a killer and its humid.

backpacking
2 months ago

Did this last weekend. Some muddy spots. Great views in the valley.

This was my first backpacking trip in Alaska. Damp and cold, but loved it! Be cautious at the river crossing: typically lower in the morning with less glacial melt, but with constant rain it was hip-deep on me!

one of my favorite summer hikes. I start at the glen alps trail head and follow middle fork until the sign for wiliwaw lakes. This makes the hike just over 12 miles instead of 16.

Great Hike up through the forest consisting of mostly switchbacks. There are only a couple of viewpoint, where you can see the sea and mountain, for the majority of the way up. In the last 0.75 miles or so the trees thin out and there is a constant view of town, the sea, the mountains, and all scenery for miles and miles. The views from the top are amazing and we'll worth the hike up.

The trail is well maintained and well marked. there are many placed were wooden stept and bridges were added to improve access through some tough spots on the trail. The majority of the trail has a base of loose flat rocks that help prevent the trail from being too muddy but can make conditions slippery, even in dry conditions as rocks shift and slide. My wife did the whole hike in tennis shoes, but I would recommend using hiking boots as the rocks on the trail are prone to shifting and the trail can be tough terrain at times, especially near the the top.

This is a well maintained but fairly challenging trail with lots of roots and rocks the climb over and around. in addition, the majority of the trail has a steep incline as it weaves its way up the mountain. It is a great trail and is a fun challenge.

hiking
2 months ago

This was an epic hike! (I would NOT recommend if raining). 6.25 miles RT from the trailhead. Pretty steep but well worth it. Gorgeous scenery. Not one bear, mountain lion, squirrel or snake but ravens that sounded like dripping water, monkeys, and other birds-super cool. Hiking boots recommended, tennis shoes would get hammered. Bring water, I used 1.5 liters. Snack,4:06 total time.

hiking
2 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Walk from cruise port was mostly uphill (1.5 miles) but very doable. Made it to the summit at 1900 and caught a gorgeous sunset sky on the way down (was able to book it down in a little over an hour... didn’t get caught in the dark!)

Easy trail for the whole family. Hand tram is fun but bring gloves. No steep hill.

Hiked this trail last Sunday. Weather was beautiful, but did not realize how humid the climb would be! The first couple of miles is definitely rain forest, heavy canopy and occasional wet/muddy spots. The last mile started to open up with views and a breeze. Made it to the summit and back in 4 hours 21 min. - but I was not in a hurry. Great workout, my legs hurt for a few days afterward. I hiked this trail as I was solo on my trip and wanted a trail with other hikers. Not busy at all, but good to see another hiker once in a while. I only rated this as a 4 because I was hoping for more views along the way. The summit was well worth the trip!

on Winner Creek Trail

hiking
3 months ago

Very fun family and dog friendly trail. Bring gloves for the hand tram.

Park at the resort much easier to find the trail this way.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful trail. I recommend goin to Blue Lake as well. Only 2-1/4 miles away

hiking
3 months ago

Good trail. A lot of traffic on it. The hand tram was super fun to use! We will know better next time, but park at the Alyeska Resort, walk to the back of the resort and get to the Winner trailhead from there (on the left side trough the trees).

Hiked up to the pass . Ate lunch at grey lake and saw some mountain goats and ptarmigan. Nice place to camp by the lakes . Some bikers but few hikers up to the pass.

Very well preserved trail with stunning scenery! The trailhead campgrounds are also incredible. A must for any travelers.

hiking
3 months ago

Amazing trail, gorgeous all the way there and back. Views are well worth the constant uphill hike.

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