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14 hours ago

Had a frightening bear encounter with a sow and three cubs less than a mile in and sadly didn't get to do the hike this day. It's on my "to conquer" list now for sure. Be alert and be bear aware through here folks.

Absolutely beautiful, I highly recommend this to anyone.

My group made it to the Bomber! Another note from the field. To get down to the glacier you must climb down one of two vertical or near vertical ropes. You pet won't make it.

Views were spectacular. I went on such a clear day that you could see all the way over to turnagain arm and all the way out to Denali. At the peak make sure to look below you into the rim of the valleys, I saw like 10 mountain goats. Saw two moose as well, right smack dab in the middle of the trail-so we had to wait a bit. Also, keep an eye out for the leftover plane wreckage on the right of the trail. But anyway- it was spectacular and I highly recommend ESPECIALLY on a clear day- you can see everything!

hiking
14 days ago

Well, it’s as long and as hard as others describe. There are three sections, beginning with some dense foliage and thick roots, transitioning to low shrub and thick roots, and ending in rock scrabble. It’s a steady uphill climb to the summit; not many level areas to stop and admire the view. However, when you do reach the few stops en route, the vistas are spectacular. The summit provides an amazing view up two valleys, each with beautiful alpine lakes and mountain streams. Oh, and we saw a moose on the way down.

hiking
18 days ago

Rigorous hike, rewarding views. We lucked out on weather this time, but it's typically pretty windy at the top.

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

trail running
18 days ago

Great way to spend a couple hours on the trail and avoid the crowds of Flat Top and Powerline. Absolutely gorgeous day, and only a hand full of folks other than myself. Some lucky hikers got to see a pack of wolves up in the bowl when they crossed over the trail, but I missed them by a few minutes. I came in via the Prospect Heights trailhead, which came up close to 5 miles one way according to the GPS. Nice steady uphill the entire way. Nothing ever really super steep, just consistent. I’d rate this as moderate difficulty for that reason, not hard. If you take some of the less traveled trails, there’s plenty of roots and mud to contend with, but it’s just all the more enjoyable than taking the heavily trafficked and maintained ones. Haven’t been up here in years, but just as fun as I remembered it being.

It’s was great right up until the end. I went during the time of year that snow was melting and it was slippery up there. Still got an AMAZING view of the city near the end.

Great hike, but here are some notes from the field:
- No facilities at the hike entrance. About 3/4 on the dirt road is one lonely out house. Might want to use it.
- The hike is in a valley with lots of running water. An extra pair of socks, a pair in the car, or water proof shoes/boots might make you more comfortable. Also, if it rains or even sprinkles, be prepared for ankle deep water.
- Moderate hike, but at about 2.5 miles in you are boulder-hoping (no trail ) for about 1/4-.5 miles.
- In regard to boulder hoping, if your pet is squeemish, might want to leave them home. Also, please control your pet for the sake of other hikers.
- You must CROSS the glacier to get to the bomber. Bring your Kahtoolas (micro spikes) and poles.
- Parking is along the road if lot full and they patrol the whole thing.
With these in mind, you should have a great time.

hiking
28 days ago

Did this one in the winter around April, at the top there was snow up to my thigh but was well worth the views up top!

1 month ago

Starts at the Reed Lakes trailhead. It had been raining so the trail had a lot of water running over it on the flat parts at the beginning and got slippery and muddy once the incline was steeper, near the rocks section. We had to turn around there but would definitely come back on a drier day. Views of the creek, waterfalls, and wildflowers made it worth it.

Amazing hike! The trail is indeed moderate until you get to the terminus of the Reed Lakes trail, but the scramble up to Bomber Glacier is very tough - steep and sketchy rock slide-outs. If you give the glacier a shot, give yourself lots of time to tackle it safely. You will be rewarded with some incredible views.

One of my favorite hikes in Alaska!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail! My first real hike in a little long time (nope not saying how long). My avid hiker girlfriend and I settled for a total of 6.2 miles. I know she was wanting to do more, but I was thinking I still need to hike back so we turned around. Sure felt good to sit in our truck! No so much getting out of it. Lol. First of many beautiful hikes in Alaska for us!! Well groomed trail!

It was definitely more difficult than I anticipated toward the end. Wanted more switchbacks. But we made it! pack in more water than you think. We ran out.

hiking
1 month ago

Our hike on this trail was terrific. The road going to the trail head was freshly paved in 2018. Terrific view of Eagle River at the top. My 5 year old did it under his own power, so I would describe it as a family friendly hike. I highly recommend trekking poles for stability, they were a huge help in a few spots.

Almost die. do not do this hike.

hiking
1 month ago

If you want a challenge take the telephone trail path up and keep on right to connect with main trail. It will work every muscle in your legs. Feels great!

Three main sections for this hike. Begins with rolling hills in the forest and then up to a ridge. Fairly dry the rest of the way with a series of switch backs followed by a climb along the Ridgeline until the peak. Definitely worth the views from the summit. Look for the air craft remains on your right after the switch backs as you make your way to the peak. Bring lots of water.

This is an intense hike, I’ve done this trail 5 times now and it never gets easier. A majority of the trail is hiking straight up until you finally get out of the tree line and head straight across the several false peaks to the summit. It’s a several hour hike and definitely bring water and snacks. The view is totally worth it though! You can over look the whole Valley, all the way to the coast.

My mom and I cross country ski on the trail every winter. It’s very easy and long which makes for a good workout. The parking is nice and spacious.

1 month ago

Great hike! One of my favorites in Alaska so far. Beautiful view of Eklutna! The clouds were pretty low, so we couldn't see all the peaks, but still worth it!

hiking
2 months ago

Great family hike. Lakes along the way. We didn’t make it all the way, but did 6 miles and the kids loved it. Steady traffic. We didn’t see any wildlife, but I would always recommend being prepared for it. Beautiful views. Minimal mosquitoes. Trail was mostly dry.Some mud spots and some spots where you had to cross small portions of water flowing over, still easy for kids with no adult assistance.

hiking
2 months ago

Super bad weather when I did it, but the summit is totally worth it. Forested area for the first half of trail is bear area so make noise. Also saw moose on the way up. View from the summit is great, you can see put into the range as well as back towards anchorage.

We headed out today for an after dinner hike. We wanted to get a preview of what Lazy Mountain had to offer. Took the Lazy Moose Trail for about an hour up, then turned around and came back down. It had just started a light rain on our way up, so no bugs and decent footing. Rain stopped in less than an hour, and no rainfall for the hike back down. Unfortunately someone had taken a horse up that way and had torn up the trail, tearing chunks away with each hoofprint. The trail has recently been cleared and maintained for the season and it was nice and open. The way back down on the same trail was slightly more slippery due to rain that fell during our ascent. There are 7 in our party, five kids ages 5-15, and two semi in shape parents. Everyone did great! We can't wait to go again and make the full climb to the peak!

hiking
2 months ago

Great hike... it is def tough on the legs up and knees down. Overall took us just under 5 hrs. No bears were sighting, but was hailed on at the top. Highly recommend if you want to test yourself a bit.

absolutely beautiful hike. summit was cold, so bring appropriate wind breaker for your incredible summit photos. highly recommend, there is no othing else this beautiful and/or accessable from right outside Anchorage! Plus, if you go early, wildlife will be out. saw a massive grizzly and bull moose as you cross the first Bluff!

So intense and so beautiful!!!!! What a workout!!!

The trail was beautiful and decently maintained beyond the Basher trailhead. You can access this trail from a couple points to include the Prospect heights trailhead. This is the 2nd time I’ve done it and gone clear to the top of the peak. The distance is alittle misleading, which is where the 4 stars came into play. The distance is more like 6 miles one way, Fitbit and gps verified! No bear sign or activity well travelled.

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