Explore the most popular river trails in Chugach National Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Beautiful hike with sprinkles of rain. We couldn’t make it to the top as there was still your a bit of snow right at where the tree line starts to thin out, possibly 1/8 to 1/4 mile from the top. Still a great hike!

trail running
2 days ago

Love this for jogging and views. I’m a beginning trail runner but I feel safe and run it two or three times to get the distance in. Just enough small hills to make it a bit of a challenge. Also, do take the side trail at the end to the base of the falls for a bit better view. Worth it.

Great trail, even for a beginner like me. But be ready for the mosquito swarms.

Great trail....wonderful scenery and a lot of solitude! Good for an overnight or day trip in and out.

It’s uphill right at the beginning of the trail but not too bad. The waterfall is smaller than I expected. The hike up to the balcony view and down to the creek are easy and short. Lots of mosquitoes!

Finished this hike this morning. Trail was dry most of the way but the wet/muddy areas were passable. Lakes are free of ice though there are some patches of snow.

Great for kids!

really steep hike but worth the views, first hike in alaska and it was definitely breath taking (views and hike lol)

backpacking
11 days ago

I have now done this hike 4 summers in a row. I love it. It is great for kids and my 70 year old mother just finished it. The cabins along the way are great. The views are spectacular.

Great little hike. A bit crowded, but it was a beautiful day. Some hills, so may be challenging for young children, but if you don’t go to the bottom of the falls it’s a very quick easy hike.

My 4 yr old walked the whole time. Lots of up and down but trail is very well maintained and not muddy at all. I would not take my dad (he’s 70) but my 2 yr old walked most of it too and my 5 month old golden doodle LOVED the water and trees. Easy enough for babies, interesting enough for teens. My 3 teens enjoyed the activities as well.

Started around 11am this morning. trail was nice and dry most of the way with very few patches of snow here and there. Both lakes were still partially frozen but still well worth the hike in

nature trips
15 days ago

We walked this trail today with our 5 and 10 y.o.s and they loved it! We also had our mid sized lab with us and she did great! There is some incline during this hike so be prepared for that. Muddy in some areas but it’s doable in sneaks or hiking shoes. It was our first time there and we really enjoyed it.

Waterfall was so amazing! Lots of people around great for kids. Great hike for beginners.

Great hike. I thought it was pretty hard but that could be from doing the crescent lake trail the day before

Easy trail, very busy. Waterfall was okay though not spectacular. There was a guy in a wetsuit hanging out in the falls when we went. Brrrr.

Easy trail, could be considered more of a walk than a hike. Saw many strollers so you can tell that it's more of a walk. Nice wide trail, maintained well

Need to pay park fee of $5 but it's definitely worth it to maintain the quality of trail.

Easy hike as far as elevation goes. Beautiful. We saw moose, ptarmigan and sheep. A little busy for my liking, but it was on Memorial Day. We were geocaching, so we put in 12.5 miles, per the Garmin.

hiking
22 days ago

Nice, easy hike. Most of the elevation gain is right up front, makes the rest of the hike smooth sailing.

Love love love! So easy my 4yr old can walk it. We love to play in the water at the end

backpacking
23 days ago

Nice easy trip to Symphony and Eagle Lakes. Several good camping spots along shore of Symphony Lake. Trail still a little muddy. Both lakes frozen on 5/27. Many ptarmigan and terns near the lakes.
Very popular day hike. Distance is wrong on trail description. It’s 6.3 miles to the lakes.

Steep but rewarding! Beautiful hike! The road that you turn on is Stenson, we drove around a little before finding it because of conflicting directions!

trail running
1 month ago

quick and easy. still a bit of ice at the very end of the creek trail before the waterfall.

Nice and easy, still a bit of snow down at the base of the falls

Quick and easy hike with plenty of people with dogs and even strollers in some cases. a good twenty to thirty minute jaunt.

Hiked this trail today, started off at 0930 with one other vehicle in the parking lot. It was a rather easy hike however, I only made it out about 3.5 to 4 miles. 95% of the trail is soft slushy snow. The views were amazing the entire way. I can't wait to go back in the next few weeks/months once it thaws out a bit more. Most of the incline is right at the beginning of the trail for maybe .3 miles. After that it was pretty flat with small hills.

Views are beautiful, the falls are more active since it’s getting warmer and thawing out. Very muddy in some areas but not terrible as long as you have good waterproof shoes / boots.

Beautiful. Quick hike. Muddy and icy in spots. Definitely worth taking the detour down the creek trail near the falls viewpoint.

*There is a $5 parking fee. Doesn’t seem highly enforced, however.

IWe were just talking to the falls really and back. Got on trail late in the day. First Mile or so was pleasant but a bit of Muck in places. Next came halfway decent trail but muck and snow - you know the bit of snow that’s left over real packed down right on the trail.

As we get near the falls and started getting colder and more snow and I post-holed once or twice.

It was a nice shakedown hike for the beginning of the season.

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