Skyline Trail

HARD 14 reviews
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Skyline Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Cooper Landing, Alaska that features a great forest setting and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and nature trips and is best used from April until October.

DISTANCE
3.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,929 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

hiking

nature trips

forest

views

rocky

snow

21 days ago

Hard but so worth it. Straight up the whole way. Beautiful views!!

2 months ago

Was definitely tired and sore the next day.

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5 months ago

Skyline may be listed as Moderate here but I Can tell you it is one of the most vigorous hikes you can attempt. The elevation gain is brutal in some places and if the trail is wet there's real danger of a slip trip or fall. I wear mechanic gloves to protect my hands. Sturdy over the ankle hikers with steel shanks for support is what I use. Poles too. The views as you gain elevation are spectacular. The return works a very different set of leg muscles so be prepared for a workout on the way down as well.

5 months ago

One of my favorites that I hike often and think of as the most honest trail around. It shows you right off what’s in store—and that is steep elevation change. The map in here and several other places show the trail terminating with a 3mi round trip and around 2550’. That spot is in the saddle not the summit. If you go to the summit, it’s about 4.8mi round trip.

Wonderful views from the summit.

hiking
6 months ago

Good Trail, great view at the top. But very steep! Hiking poles would be useful, we didn’t use any but it was definitely more difficult. The hike down is no joke either! But totally worth the views.

hiking
8 months ago

Trailhead is across the road from parking area.

Fun hike straight up - sort of.

Some switchbacks and some very steep straight shots that are pretty tough if trail conditions are not right. Some nice covered area near the saddle. Good view of Gene Lake immediately below and Skilak to the south west. On a perfectly clear day with glass you can see Denali to the north east. I’ve seen it two different times, once from the saddle and once from the right hilltop beyond the saddle.

“The top” is generally considered st the saddle between two hilltops, but if you follow the trail up the hilltop to to the right, there’s a memorial plaque riveted into the stone and there used to be a waterproof time capsule of sorts (might still be there.) Some see this as the end, Continuing past this spot takes you around a horseshoe of up and down peak walking that is the Skyline to Fuller Lake Transition, and you come back down Fuller Lakes Trail.

Best advice? Hiking poles if trail conditions aren’t optimal- for weak-kneed descent,mainly. Watch what you grab on to help with steep areas-it might be Devils club. Trim your toenails seriously! If not you will feel it on the way down. Also, no matter what the weather is down below, it can get pretty chilly up top.

Aside: Kids from our church have taken trash bags up when there was still snow on the peaks on either side of the saddle and sledded down.

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