Upper Dewey Lake Trail

MODERATE 23 reviews

Upper Dewey Lake Trail is a 4.3 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Skagway, Alaska that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
3100 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Out & Back

dog friendly

birding

hiking

mountain biking

nature trips

trail running

walking

lake

views

wild flowers

wildlife

snow

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16 days ago

1 month ago

Paradise is at the top of this strenuous hike, making it all worth it. Drank the water straight from the lake, ice cold and delicious. Stayed in the A frame cabin and awoke to heaven out the window. Grabbing a beer at the Skagway brew co once you descend just takes the cake.

1 month ago

Loved this hike so amazing

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Unbelievable hike! The views at the top were incredible, and swimming in the lake was surreal. I have to agree with the other reviewers, this hike should be rated as hard...very hard. The first 2.5 miles are very steep and uphill, and during this time you climb 3,000 ft. You can stop at Lower Dewey Lake and there are a lot of spots by the river to rest, and once you reach Upper Dewey Lake all that climbing is worth it. Make sure you bring a bathing suit to swim and cool off in this beautiful alpine lake! I would highly recommend doing the extra 2.5 miles(round trip) to Devil's Punch Bowl, which offers stunning mountain, glacier, and ocean views, and another alpine lake.

1 month ago

Great hike ! Not moderate though, very strenuous and steep.
You can spend the night at the top:
2 cabins on the edge of the lake (1 first come first served and another one that you have to book in advance), or with your tent. Great views!

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1 month ago

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1 month ago

Completed this trail as a shore day a cruise. Definitely not moderate. This is a strenuous hike.The mileage listed here is off as you have to complete the lead trail. The City visitor center trail maps have the distance as 6.9-miles (out and back). The City maps also list this as strenuous. Great views at the top, especially if you add the Devil's Punch Bowl out and back that starts at the end of the Upper Dewey. That will put you at a total distance from the start of the trail head of 9.4-miles with 3,700-feet of elevation gain. Great hike as you will lose the crew ship folks at the Lower Dewey; however the switchbacks are steep and there is not much relief until near the top. Downhill is pretty hard on the feet and knees.

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1 month ago

Great trail. Strenuous, all uphill. Bridge is the half way point, bring a pen to sign your name. Most importantly don't quit! The lake at the top and view of the surrounding area is absolutely gorgeous.

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2 months ago

2 months ago

worth the effort, but moderate is an understatement. sweet mother of god. moderate if you're used to Everest I suppose lol

2 months ago

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3 months ago

Don't give up the lake is amazing

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3 months ago

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Friday, July 08, 2016

Gorgeous trail - not for the faint of heart! Fairly clear from July through September, but has some nice snow patches for the rest of the year. The view at the top is gorgeous, with cabins up top and extended hiking options (Devil's Punchbowl being a very nice one). Took about 4-5 hours for us but we really took our time up top. Can be done in less if you're quite speedy. Good for a very active family - bring hiking boots!

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Friday, August 21, 2015

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Tuesday, July 07, 2015

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

I meant to say "...a free use Cabin" as we'll as a newer, nicer "cabin" available for rent.

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Saturday, November 16, 2013

A great trail that gets your heart going. About 2 miles all uphill, but well worth the effort. There's a free use at the top and also a much nicer one that you can rent (only around $20) from the Skagway Rec Center ahead of time. Makes for a nice over night trip. The bridge is pretty much the halfway point. Trail is well marked and easy enough to follow even in the winter.