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1 day ago

Gruelling hike up and down but well worth every bit of the effort. one of the most amazing and rewarding views in my 66 years on the planet

easy trail to the overlook point.. good glacier view..

One of the most beautiful hike in Kenai Pensilvania.

Not bad. Easy trail.

Beautiful views !

Dang my feet hurt! And my knees! Good thing this was a pretty hike! Saw like 8 marmots!! And the icefield, which was pretty cool too. Sept 11, 2018. 7.5 hr RT.

11 days ago

Walked through a green tunnel of brush for half an hour then got to the rocky stream bed. Had to cross over the glacially cold stream to go look at the snow caves, which were pretty neat! Sept 9, 2018.

12 days ago

It's a steep incline until you get out of the trees. Once you think you're coming to the top, think again. lots of false summits but the final views are worth it.

Spectacular hike! Starts fairly wooded, at the Meadows overlook breaks out into open territory and beautiful alpine meadows. Every stop off provides a beautiful view, so don’t feel shortchanged if you can not make it the entire way up. We climbed to Top of the Cliffs and were rewarded with a beautiful view of the Icefield, glacier, even a black bear grazing on berries about 200 yds away. Plenty of people on the trail but good to bring bug and bear spray just in case. Took about 4 hours round trip, but we took our time and picked raspberries and blueberries along the way :) a must do for anyone visiting the area.

16 days ago

Easy trail with beautiful views. We walked a bit past where the trail ends, but it was raining so we didn't go all the way to the Glacier.

Best hike I ever done !

Tough hike, especially in mediocre weather, but the views were great! We got a late start after a long Friday at work and underestimated our pace, so took out early at Ermine Hill midday Sunday. We would enjoy this more with 3 1/2 days.
If you want similar views in a day hike, try the new Curry Ridge Trail accessed from the brand new Kesugi Ken Campground just 1/4 mile north of the South Denali Overlook.

17 days ago

This trail was very difficult! Pretty much the entire hike is an incline; however the view at the top is amazing!

Super super challenging, hardest hike I’ve done to date but so worth it at the top!!

Very beautiful hike and great view of Eagle River and on a good day, you might see part of Anchorage as well.

Amazing views!!!The trail is strenuous, but absolutely worth it.

20 days ago

We started from Byer’s Lake and hiked 12.5 miles to skinny lake on day 1 after getting a late start. Set up camp there and then hiked down Ermine trail to the highway the next morning for ~20 miles total.

First five miles from Byer’s Lake aren’t too bad; steady climbing and some muddy areas. Views become incredible once above the tree line and with decent visibility we were able to see the Alaska range clearly (although a few peaks remained obscured behind cloud cover).

Walking on the ridge itself is incredible and trail was dry minus a few marshy areas that are hard to avoid. Views of the mountains and the terrain of the hike itself make it well worth it.

First half of trail is very easy walk over gravel pathway. Second portion is slightly harder maneuvering over rocks to finally get to beautiful ice caves. Views include multiple ice caves and waterfalls. Round trip slightly less than 2 hrs depending on how long you stop for pictures. Definitely worth the trip!

Honestly, I used to be an avid hiker but I’m currently pretty dang out of shape and was questioning if I should attempt this trail- it was SO worth it!!! Out of all the amazing hikes in different states that I’ve done, I dare say this was my most favorite!! The pictures don’t do it justice! My husband and I took our time and we were both in AWE! So, so worth it. And if you’re questioning if it’s too hard, just know you can do it- doesn’t matter if everyone is passing you on the way up, you will be so amazed by how beautiful the views are.

Pretty views, definitely moderate to hard. Had to stop every 50 feet to catch my breath!

While I'm sure this hike is spectacular in June and July, in August it was brutal.

The first two days of our trip it rained buckets. The constant rain made for heavy packs and a significantly more challenging trail. More than once I found myself mid-shin-deep in mud. Up on the ridge we couldn't go more than 20 minutes without crossing a gushing stream or marsh. Despite our best efforts, we never exceeded a 1mi/hr pace.

It appears the people of AllTrails are smarter than my boyfriend and me, seeing as most of the reviews here are written in June or July. But if you're an intermediate backpacker thinking you can handle a little rain, please think twice about doing Kesugi in August. If you're still determined to go in August after reading this, please bring the best Gore-Tex rain gear you can find. Your lightweight, 3-year-old rain jacket will be soaked through after just a couple hours.

I'm embarrassed to say I got hypothermia at the end of day 2 from the constant wind and rain. Thankfully my boyfriend was there to set up our tent, pat me dry, feed me peanut butter, and boil water and put it into water bottles to warm me up. It was a close call.

That concludes my PSA. I hope this prevents some other poor, naive nature enthusiast like myself from doing the right hike at the wrong time.

Very nice view

Amazing to be this close to the Glacier. Also interesting to see how much the Glacier has receded over the years!

29 days ago

Through hiked this, solo, camped at lake. Gorgeous views. Mellow trail. Terribly overgrown and challenging for middle six miles. Very low visibility and somewhat exhausting. I don’t recommend this section of trail in late summer. Huge amounts of berries on north side. Most berries on south side were gone but mushrooms were in profusion.

Difficult but worth it! My husband and I made it down and back in just over 4 hours.
Even during not so ideal weather, the hike was beautiful. If you’re near Seward- this trail is a must!

1 month ago

Beautiful view, given it started drizzling mid-hike but nonetheless it was gorgeous. Trail gets steeper and more gravelly as you get closer to the top but overall was a fun hike.

Humbling to stand next to this glacier and witness how big it once was based on the markers leading up the trail. A nice, easy hike/walk. I heard people snickering that I was carrying my pack, but I always do, if that lets you know how easy it was. Lol

Difficult and seems longer than the 4.6 miles in due to the constant steepness of the trail. The map of elevation gain on here isn’t correct. I was still gaining long after the map said I should be going down... Few breaks from the steepness of the trail. Hard to find the trail in some places because it looks like it could go multiple directions, and people have gone more then one route. I found myself rock scrambling on the side of a cliff on the way up, then noticed a (still steep) but safer way back down. This hike made me acknowledge the true value of trekking poles, especially for the hike back down!

Really difficult and such an incredible view at the top. I saw two bears along the way.

must see if you’re near Seward

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