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This is one of my favorite hikes!! It is a short steep hike with a huge view payoff. Our kids (5 and 7) did it easily. Seriously one of the best views you can get in Alaska. Would rate as moderate, for difficulty.

One of my favorite trails yet! Very well kept, challenging yet plenty of scenic flat parts. Went to the top of the cliffs and it took about 4 hours.

Switchback, switchback, oh wait another switchback.... this is beautiful if you have the stamina to go the whole way. Got rained on but overall it’s as perfect as everyone says it is.

Epic hike with my daughter on July 15, 2018. We made Summit and it was worth the steady and steep uphill trek. Once we hit the storm cabin we moved on to the epic summit where the views were heavenly. Definitely good to carry bear spray. We started at 10 am and it was very light traffic. By 4 pm when we were making our decent there were a lot of people. One of the best hikes ever. Layers are recommended as we went from warm woods to cold snowy mountain sides. Suggestion-
Make it to the summit!!!

hiking
4 days ago

Unparalleled views and scenery seem too easily accessed for the quick, flat hike. Get up close to ice and snow formations, a twisting river, and Byron Glacier, and look back at Portage Valley and Lake if you climb a little higher. Bring bug spray.

Amazing trail. Intense boulders but worth it!

A nice wide trail back to the snowfield by Byron Glacier. Lots of rocks to climb on at the end. The kids and dogs love it. Just don't go in the snow caves or up on the snow over the river. People have died when the snow or ice collapses. Berry picking is good along the trail in the fall, especially for salmon berries. Bring a jacket as the temperature drops as you get closer to the glacier.

Incredible hike- one of best I’ve done. The views of the glacier were better than anything I did at Banff. Absolutely a must to do in Alaska.

We went about 3 miles in, little past the glacier overlook. Did not go past mostly bc it was very cold at that point and getting late- would have liked to continue to the end. If you do, be aware you are hiking up area with snow and it gets very slippery, hiking poles are a big help

Very easy mile there and mile back. Bug spray in July is a must. Beautiful views and snow to play on at the end.

9 days ago

Beautiful hike; trail has nice switchbacks with moderate incline; be prepared for weather tho because the base may be hot an the closer you get to the summit it gets windy and cold. the trail gets steeper the last mile or so but the veiw is well worth it

The elevation picked up fast but it was worth the view from the top of the cliff!

Only made it to Marmot Meadows but it was a gorgeous view of Exit glacier

Gorgeous as everyone says! Quite steep, not just parts of the climb, but also the drop-offs from both sides of the trail as you approach the summit. Be sure to choose left when the trail splits to go to the summit; right will take you to the valley. Stop at the “cathedral” just past the trail split for a lovely break or picnic. On the way down we refreshed our feet in the creek and walked barefoot the remaining distance. Note: We parked at Wildman’s and entered the trail head at the end of Stetson circle. Also, I am SLOW it took us 6.5 hrs round trip, but I’m sure you could do it in half that or less.

on Portage Pass Trail

hiking
13 days ago

The mile long hill climb to start this hike is definitely tough but the rest of the trail isn’t too bad. The weather wasn’t great during our hike and we couldn’t see much other than our immediate surroundings which was giving us second thoughts but we pushed on and the view of the glacier at the end was well worth it!

fun ,cool breeze ,nice dog walk with great views

that view at the end is worth it. I made it all the way to the beach. i had the opportunity to pick up a floating piece of iceberg and take pictures atop The hill overseeing the glacier once you get on top of the hill.

It is a strenuous hike. We started off with ranger led hike till Marmot meadows since we weren’t sure of bear encounters. But looks like there was no need to worry; this was a heavily trafficked trail. This part of the trail is well covered though lot of bugs. After this the trail opens up completely up till the summit. The views of the icefield were phenomenal. There were a lot of snow patches that we had to cross and hiking sticks are recommended. We made it in 6 and half hours including time spent at the summit. Start early as it gets really hot when crossing the snow patches!

Beautiful sunny day! Well manicured steep trail! Great views. Stopped at the Meadows.

hiking
16 days ago

Today was a gorgeous day on the Harding Ice Field trail. Be prepared for lots of snow from Top of the Cliffs upward. The wildflowers are running about 2/3 weeks behind from last summer. Lupine is below marmot meadows. Only tiny yellow flowers from there up. There’s a lot of snow melt so it gets muddy in spots the last 2 miles - mud and snow. Beautiful, hot, clear day though.

17 days ago

Great hike, but I definitely needed my trekking poles for this one. The beginning is pretty steep but it gets better. This hike isn't really called the "bowl.". It's actually the Mount Marathon hike and consists of three portions--the Jeep, the bench, and the skyline trail. Beautiful views at the top and snow within reach, too.

Power line trail is pretty easy however the hike to the hidden lake is more difficult. Semi-steel incline up on some rocks but pretty views! My dog was with me and he did great

hiking
17 days ago

Amazing views on the way up as well as the way down. So much exploring is possible even if the trail is somewhat busy.

hiking
17 days ago

So so worth it, those were my son’s words. I did this trail with my husband and son and we had a blast. We hiked for about a mile to the end of the trail and then hiked over the snow and boulders. We enjoyed some ice caves it was great.

The best hike I ever done in my life. Worth every step!!!!

This was a killer on the legs, but the gorgeous view at the top made the pain 100% worth it!

AMAZING! It’s pretty tough because of how steep it is, but the view makes all of it worth it!! Definitely do it and push through to the finish because it’s so worth it.

I didn’t even care that there were quite a few people on the trail. It was so beautiful! Great stroll and an incredible place to drink a beer

Absolutely stunning. Last two miles were rough and steep through a quite a bit of slushy snow. Easiest at the moment to slide down the hills on your way back down in the snow. So worth it. I finished in 6 hours. No bears.

Amazing experience including traveling Portage Valley, Whittier Tunnel, amazing views of Whittier and Prince William Sound, Portage and other glaciers. My 7 yo hiked it. Trailhead is well marked, and easy to access.

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