Hiked 12/12/16. Main trail was in great shape with lots of traffic from hikers and sleds but the trail head going up Eklutna mountain had quite a bit of snow and only one set of tracks. Made it to the top and decided to hike the ridgeline towards Bear Mt and come down that trail cut off. It was in significantly better shape. Great views up top!
Nice steep hike with beautiful wildflowers along the way and pretty alpine walk along the ridge line. We had a great birds-eye view of Camp Gorsuch Boy Scout camp on Mirror Lake. We were short of time and didn't complete the entire trail, but the short journey was s great way to spend the Sunday afternoon.
Great first impression for my families intro to hiking Alaska! We went on a very foggy day...couldn't see much at all but that kept the temperature cool. We left the trail after the Alders and went vertical...hearts were thumping and the tundra was soft to stride on as we climbed. Great experience!