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Great view and simple walk to the viewpoint.

walking
21 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.

beautiful during winter. only could go to the falls outlook. couldn't go to the river because the way down was nothing but ice and wouldn't be able to make it back up.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful!! Walked the loop on river walk trail. Easy hike

hiking
1 month ago

Great hike! Blue glacier covered with snow but still a lovely hike with a great view! Very windy and Lots of ice today, minimal pockets of deep snow before you get to the pass. Started too late @ 1 pm and was nearly to the lake at 2:30. Had to turn around as it’s DST and after the sun went behind mountain at 3:30 things just became more dim. Got to my car at 4:30 very dusky & Probably dehydrated at that time. Remember to drink water when it’s cold outside. You need it and don’t realize it.
Gorgeous sunny day and only 4 people at the pass and no one else. The gentlemen said it’s a 4 hr hike minimum. 2 hrs there and 2 hrs back. Happy hiking!

walking
1 month ago

Just went 10/23/18 awesome! Driving trail closed for the winter but just park and walk to the trail head 1 mile. Sun was out and no one on trail at 11am! Warm and snow everywhere such a quick easy high reward trail!

Such an amazing and incredible hike with views to last a lifetime! Definitely a good hike. The hike itself is a for intermediate hikers. Or if you want to take more breaks to complete it. It’s challenging not difficult.

A nice relaxing stroll. Didnt see a waterfall (i think the one pictured is for barbara falls).

hiking
2 months ago

Not to hard but not to easy, good fun hike with beautiful views!

hiking
2 months 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.

walking
2 months ago

Beautiful

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.

Awesome hike and great views. Definitely worth the $30.

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

Easy, quick, beautiful hike!

Easy, well marked trail with the first quarter mile of asphalt. Bring a jacket if it's windy... the breeze off the glacier is cold!
Since the glacier is receding, the overlook gets you close, but not quite up to it. can still get great pics.

This is a short, but very beautiful and family friendly.

Nice short hike for all ages with elevations. Busy on weekends. Dog friendly.

F**k the owner. 30$ just to see the glacier from up close.

easy trail to the overlook point.. good glacier view..

Not bad. Easy trail.

hiking
2 months ago

Love Eklutna Lake. Many great hikes around here and I highly recommend staying a night or two at the Serenity Falls Hut after mile 12. Look forward to returning soon.

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.

Beautiful and scenic views for a sunset stroll. The leaves were magnificent on the mountains, and the reflections on the lake were amazing!!

hiking
3 months ago

The mine was cool. The hike was very quick and easy. The lake was pretty. For pics and more info visit https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/05/a-day-at-independence-mine-state-historical-park/

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful, peaceful views of Gold Cord Lake at the top. We got up to the top in about twenty minutes, and took about that long to get back down again.

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail. Easy for those who hike often. I can see where it may be considered easy/moderate for some due to the slight incline of the trail. Beautiful views of the lake and Independence Mine once you reach the top.

The trail is very easy. You could ride your bike or take young kids with no problem. We didn't make it to the end, so maybe the view there justifies it. There is some beautiful scenery along the way, but the trail runs very close to the road. You hear every car that drives by and can often see the road. We were very disappointed and turned around after a few miles of it not getting better.

hiking
3 months ago

This hike is amazing and the views are so stunning. We went out with the intentions that it was a very “easy” hike like most of the reviews claim, however I would consider it more moderate, especially for people who aren’t avid hikers. The first half is pretty easy, but towards the top it gets a bit sketchy and it’s pretty steep. Just know that you are going up the whole way. Once you get up there it is definitely worth it, and the way down takes half as long and is much more enjoyable!

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