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I love Skyline as it’s simply a wonderful workout trail with great views—and the traverse just adds to both. Super gorgeous and a great trek for sure. Looking at the ridgeline from Skyline, it is deceiving, looking easy and mostly rolling ups and downs. There is significant ups and downs that can’t be seen from that angle, but you’ll discover them for certain as you go.

The views start out amazing and only improve as you progress. Make sure as you head down the last Ridge to look for the little obscure marker telling you to turn down for the upper Fuller Lake trail. Turn too soon, you’ll discovery sheet cliff walls that are unseen from the top on the lake side of the mountain and have to back track—turn too late and your miss the trail, and discover the fun of endless bushwhacking through y’all grass and alders with marshlands mixed in. As you head down that last Ridge, as the trail starts to disappear, just keep an eye where you place your feet and you will come upon a stainless eye-bolt screwed into the ground with a lite green metal tag telling you to turn there—do so and you’ll hit the upper lake trail just before the trees and it then zigs and zags along the tree line in the tall grass.

Great hike, but plan your exit for a shuttle back to the other lot. I wasn’t able to secure a ride, so had to add the 5.1 miles at the end of the day walking the ditch back to the Skyline lot for my truck.

1 day ago

Beautiful! Pretty easy hike and the bouldering makes it interesting. Went up early July and it started hailing once we got up to the waterfall which just made it more fun.

July 17. Excellent hike. Really one of my favorite of all time. Appreciate the writer who explained the upper and lower trails. When we got to the split, we went to the right which takes you on the trail higher up the hill. Much of the trail is made of flat rocks which I’m not used to hiking on but got used to it. Nice flat ridge for quite a while. The valley views were amazing. The cloudy weather made every view different. Crossed two waterfalls. Reached the cabin and lake. Very pretty. Hiked down on the lower trail. A little steep at the beginning but then is evens out. Waterfalls and great valley and mountain views. Exceptional hike.

2 days ago

We hiked to the upper most point of this trail where you can look downward at Lost Lake and enjoy a lunch break with a 360 view. Thats 5.5 miles in and again back out. In took us 2 hours 50 minutes. Out took 2 hours 20 minutes. The views of the mountains, Seward and the bay, the waterfalls.... wildflowers. Great hike.

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!

4 days ago

Well-maintained trail and great views of the mountains and river are worth the walk. Comfortable viewing platform highlights dozens of salmon and high potential for bear and bald eagle sightings. Small parking lot (with bathroom) but lots of people on trails. Bring bug spray.

First over night backpacking trip with Girls Who Hike Ak! It was a great hike. Awesome views, not horrible weather. Started at Primerose.

Absolutely gorgeous trail. I’m a beginner and found this to be super hard with all the incline but I pushed through it anyways. Highly recommend! Didn’t see any wildlife but the trails were in great shape.

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

Enjoyed the hike but turned around about mile 4.5. The trail was very muddy and mucky. The other hiker did not have waterproof boots on.

Regardless, the scenery was lovely and the weather was perfect.

7 days ago

Beautiful day and we'll maintained trail. Saw a black bear when parking and a young brown bear fishing on the river at the turn around point.

Knocked this out with a group of 6 and 2 doggos yesterday, weather conditions were a bit iffy (light rain most of the day before and during) which made the transition from trail to boulder crossings/bouldering a bit sketchier for some of the group. Stopped at lower reed lake for some lunch and a great view then took off. One of our party ended up falling and spraining (or small break not sure yet) an ankle with a pre existing injury. Ended up doing a lot of buddy and team carry variants for about 4 miles to the trailhead. Shitty situation but good lessons learned for individuals and group ie; route selection during transitions, kit considerations for medical etc.

All that aside, can’t complain will def return to hit upper

9 days ago

I did this trail with my mom and brothers on July 10th, so our group ranged in age from 18-50 years old. Because of the range of skill levels in our group, we decided to only partially complete the hike, stopping and turning back at the fork leading to Clemons Cabin giving us an 8 mile round trip hike. Even without seeing the whole trail, this was one of the most beautiful hikes I have been on. The transition from the initial, covered woods section to the meadows was fantastic giving a glimpses of many mountain peaks in the vicinity despite the heavy fog of the day. Many flowers were in bloom and the air was fragrant during the meadow walk. Shortly after stopping for lunch we did see a few bears- what appeared to be a mother and two cubs. We kept our distance and made sure to tightly seal our food waste in our packs and they didn't give us any trouble. The day we hiked was following several days of rain, so the trail was rather wet in some parts but not enough to waterlog your boots. We encountered maybe ten other hikers and two mountain bikers throughout the hike. All in all, it was an easy hike with little change in elevation when completed only halfway. I will be back to hike the whole trail some day.

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10 days ago

I biked the from the Russian river camp ground to the cooper trailhead. then snug harbor rd back to rrcg. no car shuttle. if coming the opposite way, it's a big climb up snug to the cooper trailhead. the trail was in great shape, except between apsen flats and ressurection. either super overgrown, washed out (some bits were super washed out. i was standing in the middle of the trail, at the bottom of the washout, and the actual trail was at chest level) or straight up mud pits. either ends of the trail were great though. It's super beary to begin with. and the overgrown-ness made it feel even more beary. trailhead to trailhead took 6-7 hours. I'd do it again, but before it can get overgrown. or maybe early fall when it starts to die back. the dispersed camp sites are big enough for 1 tent. I didn't see a single other person on the trail. aside from the people between the rrcg and rr falls trail.

I loved the hike, I went last year and planning to go back again ❤️❤️❤️

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.

Not the best weather today but still very pretty. Hiked up to the lake and back down. The trail is very straight forward until the split and either way means crossing some snow melt run off which could mean wet feet if not creative enough. Windy but absolutely beautiful views all the way up.

If Flat Top is “hard”, this trip to the peak at times is harder, but well worth it. The climb from the Ballpark up the north side to the ridge line is loose gravel and steep so use what vegetation there is to your advantage. Be careful nearing the peak as the north side drop off is extreme.

13 days ago

Steep and a tad difficult, but definitely worth it. 4 miles each way, so 8 total. Don't let the false peaks fool ya!

Just awesome, a few different routes it looked like to get yourself up there, one being more difficult than the other according to the signage. Took the harder one so I’ll have to go back and try the other and see how that is. Either way, nice challenge, steep all the way up and down, the work to get to the top makes the view all the more worth it!

13 days ago

Great trail mostly flat but an $11 day pass is steep. Nice viewing platform of the salmon jumping up stream in late June to early July. Early morning at times bears can be spotted on the trail and fishing the salmon stream.

I only made it to the lower lake but it was so gorgeous the whole way. The scrambling had me thinking about turning around. I can’t fathom why people put their dogs through that, many pups were crying and being carried across, hopefully more from fear...please don’t take dogs, those boulders are terrifying. I am glad I persevered though, the lake was gorgeous, mostly covered in ice but such s brilliant blue/green where it was clear. Just amazing views and colors, really should be rated as hard imo.

Great trail and incredible views. It was crowded due to the holiday weekend but it didn’t detract from the experience. When the trail splits, the one to the right is an easier climb (less steep) but a bit longer. The glacier is another 0.3-0.5 miles past the cabin. Saw a goat on the far side of the river as we returned. Bring plenty of water, it was very warm the entire time we hiked. Still had snow at the top.

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Beautiful views above tree line on a barely cloudy day. Bugs were fairly calm and a few people were on the trail. Did a thru-hike to Lost Lake Trailhead from Primrose and highly recommend it - the views of Resurrection Bay and Seward were a highlight, as well as the lake itself, which still had ice floating throughout. The climb up was a little tougher than I’m used to (it was also the first hike of the season for me), but worth it 100%. Already thinking of another trip up to camp out by the lake.

15 days ago

Sunday, July 1, 2018 - Beautiful views above tree line on a barely cloudy day. Bugs were out in rather full force, and a decent amount of people were on the trail, as well, including mountain bikers. Did a thru-hike to Lost Lake Trailhead from Primrose and highly recommend it - the views of Resurrection Bay and Seward were a highlight, as well as the lake itself, which still had ice floating throughout. One spot crossing a small stream-fall near the Lost Lake Trailhead which has given me trouble before due to an intense fear of heights was much, much less worrisome from the other side and seemed to barely be an issue.

15 days ago

Great challenging trail that hits you with steep inclines just a few meters out of the parking lot. Steep incline the whole way up and the false summits definitely trick you if you are thinking your done. Views at the top definitely well worth the pain of hiking the incline. My lab and me both enjoyed the hike

If you enjoy STEEP incline and STEEP decline (NO JOKE) this is absolutely for you. 1 star because the views, other than that, not my cup of tea. Enjoyed the challenge though!

Did this hike on our last full day in Alaska (Saturday June 30th). Arrived at the parking lot around 10 and it was full with a very loud group of maybe 30 teenage church group kids. That alone almost made me leave as the last thing I wanted to deal with was listening to them all the way up. Luckily we made off on the trail quickly before them and I think they took the lower path while we went for the upper.

The hike up was super foggy. Like 100ft visibility at best. We didn’t see the cabin from the path or anything more than a few feet out. But once we hit the crest coming over to raven glacier the sky opened up. It was pretty amazing and stopped us in our tracks. We proceeded to hike out to a great viewing point to have our lunch. We didn’t see another person for quite some time and even when we did they were hundreds of feet away from us, so it was still very peaceful.

We explored the area for maybe and hour or a little more before heading back down. On the return the fog had lifted quite a bit and it was like an entirely new trail. We now saw the lake, the cabin, the gorge below. None of this was visible on the way up and it was really cool to see all this “new” terrain appear. I hope to return someday to do the entire path to eagle river.

18 days ago

Beautiful trail! Lake was still frozen when we did this last week of June. Will definitely do it again :)

Did the entire trail today in sunny weather. Great scenery. A nice ride walk but a few ups and downs along the way. View from McHugh Peak was outstanding. It took us about 4 hours with a couple of stops for snacks.

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