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Solid, moderately hard hike.
Steep start with multiple rocky outcrops that have to be navigated. At about halfway the trail splits, wider path goes to lakes, smaller side trail goes to summit.
From the halfway mark memorial, the trail becomes very rocky, much more scrambling, steep spots.
Worth every moment once at the summit, though.

hiking
4 days ago

Good moderate hike.
Can make it to the first lake in about an hour at a leisurely pace, less if you're moving quickly.
Great camping spots all around the first lake, a few good ones on the last lake.
Fun hike to spend an afternoon on.

hiking
4 days ago

Decent trail, modest hike on the shorter and easier side.
It has the name it does for a reason, just be aware.
Fun, short, has a couple camping spots at the summit.
Fairly kid and dog friendly.

I would rate this hike moderate to difficult, we made it to 2000ft elevation and the view is awesome is worth the climb.

backpacking
9 days ago

on Kenai River Trail

10 days ago

Super Rando, montée très raide des le départ!! Une vue impressionnante sur les sommets, lacs et même avec un peu de chance le denali!!!

This is a great hike, if you happen to be in this area of Kenai. The hike to the upper lake is well worth the effort. The trail continues well beyond the upper lake. I might map it and log it on All Trails the next time I am in the area. This is an area with LOTS of bears! Be aware!

While you are doing this hike, take the slight detour, and see Russian River Falls. The falls are nothing spectacular, but this is where the salmon move upstream, and where lots of bears go to feed on them.

If you happen to be in this area, the easy hike to Russian River Falls is well worth the effort. If you time your visit right, you will see salmon spawning and moving up the river here. There is a well-made viewing platform that allows you a front row seat. This is also where bears come to catch salmon, so be bear aware.

Loved this trail so much. We were able to rent a few cabins along the way and tented it the rest of the time. I was able to do this hike on a broken leg over 4 days (it was broken before the hike) without issues. Highly suggest it. Great views.

Did the west trail until the end. Beautiful overlooks of the river, moderately easily with a few steep rocky areas.

Did this trail last summer and it was absolutely amazing! The views were to die for! I was so sore the next day, but worth the work.

hiking
1 month ago

This trail is a typical Alaskan hike and the turnaround point has a lake (or 4 depending how far back you hike). Thus it's perfect to have your snack, get wet, and turn around to head back. We saw ducks, loons, and an eagle but no other wildlife.

Hiked this trail with a group of friends, absolutely amazing once you reach the top. It was a difficult hike, but the views from the top were absolutely stunning.

Beautiful ⛰