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went on trail not realizing you have to be part mountain goat to finish it. There were a lot of dangerous spots and in my opinion it's not worth the effort

No snow yet. Good trail conditions but very icy near the top

Nice wide trail. I did it this last spring for the first time, so this was my second time walking it. I had forgotten how nice and gravelly it is (very little mud!!) Neat view of Brown/Diana & Ward/Juno mountains. Could not find the educational/interpretive signage for Site 1 though... wonder what happened to it.

hiking
1 month ago

Went on this hike while on an Alaska Cruise. We were looking for an opportunity to step outside of the touristy excursions and take Alaska on its own terms. We were not disappointed. This trail is incredible. Views from the two lower lookouts are well worth the effort.

hiking
1 month ago

Short trail with lots of short ups and downs through temperate rainforest. Mostly boardwalk and stairs. Piper the dog seemed to think it was ok. There are a couple of beach access points on the lower section of the trail. When we went, we were the only ones on the trail. Might be more heavily used in summer with tourists.

walking
1 month ago

It was a beautiful fairly short hike that involved a nice wide wooden path throughout most of the way. The first section before getting on the bridge is a bit rough. Overall it was a great stroll and made for some good pictures.

Very pretty!

hiking
1 month ago

Very easy and beautiful

Lots of mushroom picking opportunities right now on this hike. Not easy but not hard. Well maintained trail during the entire hike. When you get to the fork in the trail (as you near the lake), the left trail will take you to a bridge with a pretty view of a creek before reaching the lake. The trail switches to planks of wood, some of which are a little unstable so watch your footing! This trail ends quickly as you get to the lake (less than a 10 min walk) and it’s a beautiful view! There is a decent sized down tree to sit down and relax on. If you take the trail on the right, it will again turn to planks of wood (much sturdier) and continue on for quite awhile next to the lake. You can pick up another trail on this one if you continue on, but I don’t know how far away it is. The trailhead is far from the highway so you don’t have any traffic noise at all. Great hike!

hiking
2 months ago

This is a great hike for everyone. Getting up to the main trail involves some effort, but the overall hike is not difficult. My boyfriend and I took my dad who’s in his 60s and not in great shape and he did just fine. The trail is well marked. There are a few spots where you need to watch your footing. The views are awesome. We saw a whale and that was great. There are some huge trees out here. Very cool. Did not see any wildlife. Overall, very beautiful and worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this hike yesterday. Sunny and warm day (50s). The trail itself is well maintained. Excellent views. Saw some mountain goats far off in the distance. Great view of Ketchikan Lake about 3/4 of the way up. Cool A frame cabin about 1/4 mile off the main trail on a side trail. Definitely a difficult hike if you aren’t used to hiking. We took our time and stayed out there all day. Lots of cool mushrooms along the way! Overall, great hike and great day. Worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

Did this on a rainy day. We loved it. The lake was pretty but the woods were even better. It was extremely overcast so I can’t comment too much on the far away view, but our immediate view was beautiful. Once you get near the top, the trees disappear for awhile and you are out in the open. You meet back up with the woods again before reaching the top. The trees get smaller and have a lot of character to them. There are a few waterfalls throughout this hike that added to the beauty. Definitely recommend on a clear or rainy day. Be prepared if it’s rainy! Wear good boots (preferably with ankle support) as there are plenty of muddy areas.

Great day on the trail. 4 hours up for us. Just keep your eye out for the flagging at the end of West Glacier to navigate the scrubby alders.

hiking
2 months ago

Moderate in distance only. This is a hard (ish) trail. Steep and slick at quite a few spots along the trail. The view is epic though!

The scenery is so beautiful! The climb down from the glacier over the rocks was challenging for me and my daughter but I’d consider us beginners.

walking
2 months ago

This is a moderate trail. If your trying to get there by cruise ship you have to take a very steep up hill walk to get there. It is almost all steps made of large rocks or logs. You get a good view of the water but I wouldn't say it was all that worth it.

hiking
2 months ago

It was an amazing day! The hike is definitely challenging, but making it to top is sooooo worth it. Took us 3 hrs to get to the top and and 75 mins to get back down. Walking sticks and good shoes will make it easier, but we saw a few folks along the way without those things that seemed to be just fine.

Nice short trail. I like the open muskeg at the beginning, and the secluded beach at the end. Not usually a ton of people there, but I did pass a few folks today, probably because it is Sunday.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice easy trail to a beautiful waterfall.

3 months ago

Great hike! Done it a few times. Caves aren’t always there though, so a little disappointing if you do the whole hike and don’t get that reward.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views bring sandals your feel will get wet. There is no "your done here" clear end. You will hit medow, forest, medow, forest and eventually end up in a beautiful medow on the top. You lose the trail in the medow but can follow the pink and orange flags in tree branches then finally lose them . it's breathtaking at the top(if its clear) and worth the wet muddy feet.

hiking
3 months ago

My wife and I did this trail last June while on a Disney Alaskan Cruise. The trail is moderate and the views are absolutely stunning!!! Looking out over the valley and glacier everyone in our group was completely silent, just taking it all in.

hiking
3 months ago

Well constructed trail. Great views at top over 3 miles of open subalpine terrain. The stairs are in good condition, best hike of Indian River, Mt Verstonia

Great Hike up through the forest consisting of mostly switchbacks. There are only a couple of viewpoint, where you can see the sea and mountain, for the majority of the way up. In the last 0.75 miles or so the trees thin out and there is a constant view of town, the sea, the mountains, and all scenery for miles and miles. The views from the top are amazing and we'll worth the hike up.

The trail is well maintained and well marked. there are many placed were wooden stept and bridges were added to improve access through some tough spots on the trail. The majority of the trail has a base of loose flat rocks that help prevent the trail from being too muddy but can make conditions slippery, even in dry conditions as rocks shift and slide. My wife did the whole hike in tennis shoes, but I would recommend using hiking boots as the rocks on the trail are prone to shifting and the trail can be tough terrain at times, especially near the the top.

This is a well maintained but fairly challenging trail with lots of roots and rocks the climb over and around. in addition, the majority of the trail has a steep incline as it weaves its way up the mountain. It is a great trail and is a fun challenge.

hiking
3 months ago

This was an epic hike! (I would NOT recommend if raining). 6.25 miles RT from the trailhead. Pretty steep but well worth it. Gorgeous scenery. Not one bear, mountain lion, squirrel or snake but ravens that sounded like dripping water, monkeys, and other birds-super cool. Hiking boots recommended, tennis shoes would get hammered. Bring water, I used 1.5 liters. Snack,4:06 total time.

Easy trail to get right to Nugget Falls with great views of Mendenhall Glacier and the mountains!

We climbed this in late August 2018.

The trail has a lot of beautiful sights, but it's a very narrow trail winding along the side of a steep hillside. The narrow trail and loose footing leaves you pretty exposed to falling/slipping risks. It also has some water crossings without bridging. Fallen trees were cleared, but the rest of the trail was mostly unmaintained. We climbed ~1500 ft to the fig overgrowth, which was 6ft high and obscuring the trail, and and called it quits.

Could be a fun and challenging hike, but don't climb without poles and a machete at a minimum.

hiking
3 months ago

Absolutely gorgeous. Walk from cruise port was mostly uphill (1.5 miles) but very doable. Made it to the summit at 1900 and caught a gorgeous sunset sky on the way down (was able to book it down in a little over an hour... didn’t get caught in the dark!)

hiking
3 months ago

If you are short on time, start midway at the parking lot and take the stairs. At the top of the stairs I turned left and exited at the University of Ketchikan parking lot. The view from the stairs was really the only view I encountered. Forest type hike all along the trail and very easy. Nice easier hike in Ketchikan (once you get up the stairs!).

Hiked this trail last Sunday. Weather was beautiful, but did not realize how humid the climb would be! The first couple of miles is definitely rain forest, heavy canopy and occasional wet/muddy spots. The last mile started to open up with views and a breeze. Made it to the summit and back in 4 hours 21 min. - but I was not in a hurry. Great workout, my legs hurt for a few days afterward. I hiked this trail as I was solo on my trip and wanted a trail with other hikers. Not busy at all, but good to see another hiker once in a while. I only rated this as a 4 because I was hoping for more views along the way. The summit was well worth the trip!

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