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    Ryan Smith reviewed Lower/Upper Wolfjaw, Armstrong, and Gothics Loop Trail

    4 months ago

    did this trail on a monday and the lot was nearly full at quarter to 7 so get there early if you're worried about finding a spot.

    hike was rough, went up the gothics and down the wolfjaw and can't imagine doing the alternative route. real steep going up the gothics and by steep I mean climbing and sliding down rock face and using the provided rope and steps. gothics had a real nice view and was lucky to have three hawks/falcons circling looking for some grub when I summited.

    continued to armstrong and upper wolfjaw was some what tedious. skinny trail, muddy and climbing down and up rocky creekbeds was not necessarily pleasureable, especially considering the gothics had by far the best view and summit yet a ways to go.

    didn't want to do lower wolfjaw as I was running low on water and the streams and creeks past john brooks lodge were small. I brought somewhere around 3.5L's and ran out at the end so I definitely recommend bringing a filtration system to keep you moving.

    Took me about 8 hours total and it was brutal from the ascent up Gothics. hard to say if it was worth it past the Gothics so I hope the ADK's offer more worthwhile hikes than this, at it was my first.

    Ryan Smith reviewed Dawson Pass and Pitamakan Pass Loop

    over 1 year ago

    Turned out to be the most rewarding and most difficult day hike of my week in Glacier. I personally recommend going towards Old Man Lake then going down to No Name/Two Medicine as the steady incline the whole way looked a lot better than the rapid increase on the opposite side. Going down No Name was rough on the legs, but I don't think it's avoidable here as the descending trail on either side is roughly 6-8 miles either way.

    Dawson Pass was windy as hell but that should be expected. There's a great spot where the wind is calm after it for photos and lunch, but otherwise I recommend trekking through the whole pass. The wind got to me a little bit, it's about ~4 miles of steady in your face wind (my hike started around 0745)

    Recommend 4L+ of water or a purifier as No Name/Two medicine/Old Man all have plethora of water (and more streams in between No Name and Two Medicine). I had about 3.5L and was worn out by the wind, the sun and the hike and just finished my water by the time I got to two medicine. This was the toughest day hike I did in the park but was definitely the best

    Ryan Smith reviewed Siyeh Pass Trail

    over 1 year ago

    This trail was a great surprise. Reviews on here make a lot of trails seem more difficult than they really are, but this is a great ~11 mile moderately strenuous to difficult hike. I recommend more than 2L of water and a light jacket for the wind but a great way to spend the day. Started at the Siyeh Bend shuttle stop (TH is behind the guardrail near the creek) and followed the trail to a shuttle stop next to Bearing Falls. Bringing a lunch is a good idea if you start early, can finish the trail around noon and either spend it by Bearing or the lake by the finish shuttle stop. Shuttle took a bit longer to show up for me so you'd have plenty of time to enjoy yourself

    Ryan Smith completed Siyeh Pass Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Ryan Smith completed Hidden Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Ryan Smith reviewed Hidden Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Did this after the highline in the AM, super busy by then but if you park your car at Logan's it makes sense to do this 6 mile round trip to the lake. Water was warm enough to stand a few minutes and probably real nice in late June/July rather than mid August. It's steeper and more difficult than one would think, seeing as it's behind the visitor center, but it's a good way to end a day in the Park

    Ryan Smith reviewed Highline Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Solid hike, but the hard difficulty is a mistake as it's an insanely easy hike outside of the distance. The 38.1 miles is the trail to another campground if memory serves, but if you take the shuttle to either The Loop or Logan's Pass, the trail is around 11 miles if you don't go the same way there and back.

    Starting from Logan's Pass is easy, barely any elevation increase or decrease and just fantastic views. Going down the loop is rough on the knees, as is every trail in the park I learned. Recommend doing hidden lake after this one (behind logan's pass) and taking a dip, it's a tough trail too but the water felt great.

    Ryan Smith completed Highline Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Ryan Smith reviewed Iceberg Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Solid hike. When the trail splits for Ptarmigan Tunnel and Iceberg, it's a consistent 2mile uphill that is definitely doable. Did Ptarmigan tunnel trail in the morning then Iceberg once I made it back down, crowds moved in by that time but warm enough to take a dip in the frosty waters. Highly recommend it!

    Ryan Smith completed Iceberg Lake Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Ryan Smith reviewed Flattop Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    first hike in Anchorage/Alaska and was a great choice. I'd say moderate to hard not on difficulty but just on the steepness of the grade with some more bouldering to finish at the top. quick and great views of Anchorage if the weather is generous

    Ryan Smith completed Flattop Mountain Trail

    over 1 year ago

    Ryan Smith reviewed Matanuska Glacier Trail

    over 1 year ago

    it's a nice way to spend a few hours. not necessarily a trail since you can wander all over the glacier depending on your comfortability and fitness but awesome none the less. entrance fees to get in, guide if you want one and camping if interested. nice and warm on the glacier in August

    Ryan Smith added alaska

    over 1 year ago

    Ryan Smith saved Bluebird Lake Trail

    over 3 years ago