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hiking
5 hours ago

Fun hike. We made it to the first bench and then home on a work night. It is very apparent that you gain elevation. The mosquitos, black flies and no-see-ums were annoying so definitely wear bug spray

hiking
6 hours 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.

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.

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

scenic driving
3 days ago

Stunning views from start to finish.

hiking
5 days ago

Steady incline at the beginning then tapers off a bit through the forest then back at it again! It is closer to 6 miles round trip than 5. Lake Charie at the end makes it all worth it. It took us about 4 hours to go out and back. Prepare yourself for a climb, but again, it is worth it.

hiking
8 days ago

I did the hike on June 25th. It was just what I was looking for. Its fairly flat. You start by going over a bit of a rise, nothing demanding, and then the rest relatively flat through a valley where it ends at a pretty lake. I should say that I was going to do the backside of Flat Top Mountain and noticed clouds rolling in and decided to do Rabbit Lake Trail instead. (The trail heads are very close to each other). In truth I’m out of shape and had just flown in the night before from NYC and was feeling out of sorts and did not want anything all that strenuous. The trail delivered. It’s quite beautiful. You definitely feel like you are out in nature. The work:benefit ratio is quite high.

Only saw one couple on the way out and they were off to the side picking berries or something. Otherwise I had the place to myself. On the return hike I passed a number of folks - family with four kids and a dog, a couple with dogs, mountain bikers (with dogs).

I definitely appreciate that I stepped off around 8:00. It took me a little over 4 hours.

hiking
8 days 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!

on Portage Pass Trail

hiking
9 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!

Went with a group of 5 with varied experience (from a homegrown Alaskan to a first time visitor), and we all managed to make it to tracks end. Steady, rolling steep inclines made for a good challenge. Most made it on the ridge peak (advised for more experienced hikers) where it does get a bit more technical, lots of shale etc, but got turned around for various reason. If uncomfortable with heights/climbing etc that portion is not for you. Descent was just as steep and rolling so hope you don’t skip leg day. Advise to consider your water, if you’re thinking “should be enough” bring a little more. All in all fantastic experience with amazing scenery, would def give it another go!

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.

hiking
10 days ago

Simply put, this was amazing....one of the best experiences in my life.

For a more lengthy description.... for me, this was a hike of a lifetime. It was “one down on my bucket list”, and yes, I’ve heard of and plan to hike Kesugi, AT, CDT, and PCT.....in a perfect world.

Prelude: This was my experience. Yours may differ. My reasons for a hike like this are my own. It wasn’t a race, nor was it for bragging rights. The best views are what’s important to me on a hike. That’s just one of the reasons why I did this hike. I’m in good shape, not just decent. But I’m not part goat either, like some people, so I use poles.

The reviewer’s description is on point, with respect to difficulty. The first 3 miles of switch backing brush will wake up your thighs for sure. It was 02 July 2018 when I started this hike. The path was well marked with distance markers, not to be confused with elevation markers, up until about 30k. Where there was water in the brush, there was mud. Tall brush too, around the curves. Stay vigilant.

Once you’re out of the brush, you’ll come to what I call “selfie rock”. Say goodbye to the roots, and hello to the rocks and soft tundra. The path up......AND I DO MEAN UP, to the ridge line is beautiful and aggressively taxing. There were so many times I stopped, smiled and laughed. This truly is an Alaskan gem.

Once you’re on the ridge line to the ‘summit’, on a day like I had, words can’t describe the beauty. Keep pushing. You’ll lose the trail, find the trail, and climb over rock formations that you’ll think twice about yet do anyway.

And that’s where I lost it. I think I was somewhere around 5400 feet in elevation, climbing (not hiking anymore...the sign at the entrance DID READ something like ‘experienced hikers only beyond this point’), when a rock that shouldn’t have broke in half under my feet, broke in half. According to the app, I was less than 1 mile away to the summit, but I decided to turn back.

I ran into a few people who passed me on their way down. They said this wasn’t technically Pioneer Peak, but rather a false peak, and the true Pioneer Peak was two peaks after the app tells you to stop at. Heartbroken (again). Big thanks to the guys that let me follow them off the ridge, and to the woman in the red jacket that prayed for my leg. It helped after you all left.

App said over 7k calories burned. I consumed 2gal of water, one from existing water source from way up top. FYI, make sure if you use a lifestraw, that it fits your jugs or use ziploc bags.

I would do this again in a heartbeat. Follow me to see pics and other info if you wish. Cellphone died with a little over a mile left to the parking lot.

Hope this helps someone.

Take care.

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

Such a pretty view!! Lots of stops on the way up with beautiful views

hiking
12 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
12 days ago

Beautiful! Can be somewhat challenging if you’re not a hiker but totally possible and completely worth it. The view is amazing!!

hiking
12 days ago

Not a hike I would do again on a cloud free day! There is no shade anywhere on the trail and when it’s hot it’s hot! The first 2 miles is through brush and the last two-ish is through the open valley and you get beautiful Mountain View’s all around! This hike is long. Especially if you park where alltrails told us where the trail was, make sure you drive all the way to the end of that road or you are adding a hard uphill mile to your hike. Overall a good decent moderate hike.

hiking
12 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.

hiking
13 days ago

This was a great trail ended with an incredible view. Hike up was well worth it.

hiking
14 days ago

Nice hike on a beautiful day. The trail opens up after the first mile or two and it's very expansive and pretty. If you go to the other side of Rabbit Lake and hike toward Suicide Peaks, there is another smaller lake down below and I believe it's McHugh Lake that drains into what must be the beginning of McHugh creek. Be prepared because even though it was a hot day, when the wind picks up it's quite chilly by the lakes. And parking can be a challenge along the narrow road.

We visited Alaska from Michigan for a week. We laugh because when something says "scenic drive" we're like: "Where isn't it a scenic drive?". Everywhere was so beautiful and Hatcher's Pass was no exception!

hiking
15 days ago

Great hike. The lake at the end of the trail was still frozen but beautiful. My legs were so sore the day after-steep almost without noticing-

hiking
18 days ago

We did the full trail yesterday. No snow on the trail and the trail is well kept. We were slightly surprised the trail doesn't actually go to the top of a peak instead there's a bench with a view of the peaks. The first bench has a great view of Eklutna lake.

hiking
19 days ago

This hike is a leg burner for sure. Trail is easy and well worn in, almost like a dirt road. Elevation gains nearly 1,000 ft a mile and the whole hike is uphill. You have to go past the 2nd bench and get the amazing lake view. If you go all the way it’s around 6.75 miles and nearly 2,500 ft elevation gain but it’s worth it.

hiking
19 days ago

Awesome little hike!

hiking
20 days ago

Was an easy gradual hike. You could stand on some of the ice on the lake in June. Went after Solstice and it was a bit cloudy but it was dynamic beautiful.

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

Great little hike!

Hiking this trail was a definite challenge for me. I thought I was in good shape. I was but not good enough. I will be doing this again. My suggestions are : bring plenty of water, pack light, eat before you go, have trekking poles, and bring a camera. The views are well worth it

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