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Went in aug. Was so fun with the dogs! Love the alpine flat area!

November 14th, snowy but so fun! Beautiful sunny day out and easy loop!

Did right before the snow fell. The most peaceful hike! Saw 3 moose on the way!

walking
25 days ago

I was here today. the paths were a little icy and snowy. but great condition. I seen 3 eagles.

This is a great little place to go walk your dog and practice your camera skills. Fall colors did not dissapoint! I walked it twice around just to get a little exercise and stretch the legs on a drive to Wasilla.

hiking
1 month ago

Tail was well used into the winter, weather was great!

hiking
1 month ago

Moderate is appropriate. It is challenging towards the top, but I carry an extra 40 lb with the baby carrier. Beautiful views.

Trail is in great shape. Beautiful hike. Travel wisely, thick bear country. I like to hike this after the leaves have fallen.

I went on a Saturday in late September. it wasn't to crowded but parking is a bit crazy. it's a nice out and back. once you get to the lake, go right and you get a great view of the inlet.

Trail-head parking was easy to find, and pretty empty before sunrise. Trail is pretty easy to follow and clearly marked at a few trail intersections, until you come to the moraine field towards the end. There are cairns throughout the boulder field, but its easy to get turned around. When in doubt, keep to the left side of the boulder field and keep your eyes pealed for the cairns. The little hut at the end can provide some cover for extremely windy days. No animal sightings :(. Great hike!

hiking
1 month ago

My favorite spot to hike during summer time!!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful rabbit lake . Went up to mchugh lake also. Snow is there to stay !! Very windy as usual. Layer layer layer

Quick beautiful hike. Definitely check the weather before you go because doing this trail after/during rainfall would make it a lot more dangerous. I would also consider it to be more moderate than easy. A little strenuous at times, but so worth it when you make it to the top.

awesome trail! the peak of the trail has an awesome look out! did the trail in October, and it was a little chilly at the top but just plan accordingly for the weather.

hiking
2 months ago

It was tough for me, but slow and steady wins the race! The view at the top is a fantastic-Turnagain Arm! Also a very nice, reasonably priced restaurant at the top.

hiking
2 months ago

This hike is definitely a challenge. I am 22 years old and In pretty good shape. It is mostly up hill the whole entire way. Once you past the second bench it turns into a narrow trail, with grass as tall as you. Come to a corner the trail kinda ends and you can go up at your own risk. This part becomes very hard. It opens up and you can see twin peaks well, did not make it any further to see the lake from the very top. Would recommend hiking boots rather than running shoes. Also saw a black bear on the trail right after second bench on the way down. Bring bear spray lots of water, and pack light. Going down is also very tiring. Shin splints is a real thing !

Easily one of my favorite spots. Beautiful views, easy to access, free parking, dog friendly (on leash, poo bag stations) and very well maintained. Definitely recommend bug repellent in the spring and summer, especially at the back side of the lake.

Gorgeous fall day. Beautiful colors below tree line and the lake a stunning, crisp navy blue.

Just did O’Malley today! Took 3.5 hours roundtrip, however my friend and I ran up to the ascent before little Omalley, then the ball fields, and then down the scree coming back. Every opportunity we could. It’s an incredible hike but does require some confidence when heading up the gulley of big Omalley. We took the goat paths whenever we could find them but it was not technical at all. The view from the top, on a bluebird day, is incredible and well worth the trek! Saw about 4 bull moose and a cow coming back. Pretty highly trafficked, but not too many people once you leave the ball fields and start heading up big Omalley. Totally doable hike!

hiking
2 months ago

Great views in early September, had a clear day in the high 50’s F*. Finished in a few hours then went to pizza man. “Big win”

could hike this trail every day! such a nice way to start or end my day. there are 2 sides; the stair side and the steep side. stair side is 1 mile longer and much heavier traffic. the steep side has several choices in routes to the top and can be extremely dusty or muddy depending on time of year and weather conditions.

beautiful drive with many hikes ranging from easy to difficult. even if you do not hike, this is one of the most beautiful drives!

hiking
2 months ago

The ease-ability to reward ratio on this hike is fantastic. Our group of three went out and back in around 3hrs but, only spent ten to fifteen at the lake. Real chill and gradual for the incline, nice views throughout, and a lovely reward of a pristine alpine lake at the end. Love!

This trail was a bit difficult but so worth the steps and struggles (carrying a toddler)! Ha-Ha!!!! I loved the overlook of the lake and our son really enjoyed the views too! I am so glad we finally got around to do this trail and did not stop at the second bench of the Twin Peaks trail.
I would say this is a "must-do" hike, at least once. ;-)

Beautiful hike with lots of beautiful scenery

Well worth the hike! It is absolutely beautiful and the Lake is amazing!

hiking
2 months ago

Great! The trail is well maintained. Although the incline is rough when you're not used to incline hiking.

hiking
2 months ago

Gorgeous with the fall colors! A perfect hike if you want to be able to talk and hike. The trail is wide enough to walk side by side most of the way.

Beautiful hike in the Fall! Great trail that takes you by lakes, a stream a boulder field at the end. Well maintained and traveled.

hiking
2 months ago

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