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Beautiful hike.

As advertised. It’s definitely on the harder-side of the moderate rating. Haha... its an Alaskan-moderate.

backpacking
8 days ago

Well worth the effort. Camped at the top. Bring at least 3 liters of water if you're doing the whole trail, especially if the sun is out. There are many streams if you have a filter.

hiking
12 days ago

The toughest part of the trail is the beginning with a pretty steep elevation. The trail is well maintained but due to the small gravel type rocks traction is iffy. The payoff of the glacier and portage lake is so worth it though. Pack a lunch and find a nice secluded spot around the side of the lake to enjoy.

great trail to hike. has some amazing 360 views of several small lakes, kenai, and skilak. we ended up going through the next valley and onto the next summit then even further away onto the next one. if you are confident I would recommend the extended trip. just adds to the fun. but the actual trip has some of the best views of most of the hikes in the area.

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

30 days ago

One of the most beautiful hike in Kenai Pensilvania.

Beautiful hike. Make sure that you apply some insect repellent. I would recommend returning from the end well at least an hour before the sunset.

This trail is beautiful but very steep. I'd say it's more on the harder side. The trail head is kind of hard to find. Turn onto Stetson Cir before Wildmans. drive past a sketchy structure and you'll pull into a loop. The trail is not marked but has a sign about packing out your poop. The start of the trail house a couple of houses on it. This trail is pretty dangerous to do with a baby in your pack due to the steepness and unstable rock coming down.

We were confused about the trailhead and we couldn’t find much online that helped. The trailhead is down Stetson, there’s a sign that says ‘carry your poop out’ that’s where we started.
The trail starts out with a gradual incline for about 1/3 mile then gets very steep with lose rock. I carried my 10 month old son on my back (about 25lbs), I don’t advise it. It was tough and probably a little dangerous. It was slow and a little sketchy coming down.
At the ‘cathedral’ the trail forked. We went left the veered right when we saw the pond, which led to a swamp then lake. It was a beautiful hike. 3.9 miles round trip.

1 month ago

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

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.

walking
1 month 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.

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.

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.

hiking
1 month 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 !

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

hiking
1 month ago

It was a rainy day, but I had to get out of the apartment! Bear Mountain is a nice trail! At first I didn't see the start of the trail, but it's off to the left of the driveway of a blue house when you reach the corner. I actually parked in the marathon trail area, and just walked down the road. it's got tall grass and growth shrouding the trail. It was muddy of course, but I managed not to fall, there were an abundance of roots to grab on the way up or anchor on the way down if you don't have cleats...not a lot of scrambling. Once above the timberline the wind really picked up. It takes casual effort, just have fun and enjoy it, there are sights of Marathon, some cascading falls down below, wild blueberries...it's a pleasant hike. The grass and various vegetation throughout the climb is thick. the trail is still pretty easy to navigate, but the footing is obscured. The views will be much better on a clear day, because most of the peaks were invisible during my hike. The rainy day hike is occasionally necessary, and this was a good trail to pick for it. Seward gives off that harbor-port town vibe perfectly on a foggy day as well.

Absolutely amazing views!! Turn off Stetson before the Wildmans.

great hike for most skill levels. Bring some waterproof shoes and a rain jacket!

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!

just amazing trail and not terribly difficult. so much payoff for little effort, even if you're just going to the top of the pass. if you're going to the lake, make sure you wear shoes you can get wet. if you're going to the ice, beware you'll need to cross a river that for me today was impassible

The best trail I’ve taken in Alaska so forth. It was very cloudy and windy so the views were not that spectacular but once you reach Portage Lake, glacier view is very impressive. The first up is steep and exhausting but it is worth the effort.

Easily one of my favorite hikes to date. Arrived around 10 am on a September day, only one other car in the lot. Steep and rocky at the beginning but after that it is quite easy. Got to the top of the ridge and it was breath taking seeing the glacier for the first time. We got there and it was foggy which added a mystique aspect to the trailhead. With the fog and surrounding mountains, it seemed like the trail was from a fairytale.

must see if you’re near Seward

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