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This trail is beautiful but very steep. I'd say it's more on the harder side. The trail head is kind of hard to find. Turn onto Stetson Cir before Wildmans. drive past a sketchy structure and you'll pull into a loop. The trail is not marked but has a sign about packing out your poop. The start of the trail house a couple of houses on it. This trail is pretty dangerous to do with a baby in your pack due to the steepness and unstable rock coming down.

We were confused about the trailhead and we couldn’t find much online that helped. The trailhead is down Stetson, there’s a sign that says ‘carry your poop out’ that’s where we started.
The trail starts out with a gradual incline for about 1/3 mile then gets very steep with lose rock. I carried my 10 month old son on my back (about 25lbs), I don’t advise it. It was tough and probably a little dangerous. It was slow and a little sketchy coming down.
At the ‘cathedral’ the trail forked. We went left the veered right when we saw the pond, which led to a swamp then lake. It was a beautiful hike. 3.9 miles round trip.

hiking
10 days ago

Easy hike to watch the silvers “jumping” up the falls, was super amazing!

Lots of mushrooms over Labor Day. At least 20 kinds!

Wet and muddy. Some wildflowers and nice views. Juneau lake and waterfalls were pretty. Lots of berries to eat. I find the hikes in Colorado to be much prettier without all the bad weather. For pics and more info visit my blog https://etbtravelphotography.com/2018/09/02/backpacking-resurrection-pass-in-chugach-national-forest/

Absolutely amazing views!! Turn off Stetson before the Wildmans.

Well maintained, and nice view at falls. Paths available to hike down to river and can fish nearby. Neat to see salmon trying to leap up river.

$11 for a day pass seemed very reasonable for this trail. The river was filled with salmon and the main path was well kept. Really worth taking side trails when you find them!

hiking
27 days ago

This was a very strenuous hike for me the steep elevation and rough terrain made it very challenging. All the mud and overgrowth on some parts of the trail made for slow going. The views were nice, but the best part was the abundance of berries! High bush cranberries, watermelon berries and raspberries were all ripe for picking today! Blueberries are not ready yet, but will be in a few weeks. Know your berries as there are poisonous berries out there too!

hiking
1 month ago

very easy hike with wide trail. great views of the salmon swimming up stream.

Excellent but tough!!

hiking
1 month ago

My first hiking trip ever. We did the 7 mile hike to Caribou Creek cabin. Trail was nice, a little muddy in spots but nothing that wasn’t impassable. Cabin was amazing!!!

This was a beautiful hike, pictures do not do justice to the scale of it all and even though you think it can’t get better, it does as you go up. It’s a challenging hike almost from the beginning, with breaks between short, steep rocky parts, but very feasible. We had poles which were helpful. Only the last quarter of the trail is exposed. We met 4 groups of hikers. Everybody was carrying bear spray, including locals, and we smelled bears twice.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice trail. Some steep sections. Beautiful lakes at the end of the trail. Couple of good view points. Places to camp

The most incredible views ever. Super steep hike so bring poles and be prepared to work hard, this is a tough hike and will take longer because of the steepness. Blueberries along the way, gorgeous wildflowers, and stunning views of Kenai Lake the whole time.

Beautiful views on the way as you climb to the top. The trail is pretty easy and well established. The incline wasn't too bad at all well worth the view at the top! My new favorite hike recommend it to anyone!

hiking
1 month ago

Except for a very short and steep climb to get to the main trail, the trail was very easy to hike. Very well maintained path to the falls. We did see signs (scat and tracks) that bears had been around recently. The view of salmon jumping upstream was amazing. Great views along the trail.

Nice hike kinda brushy. Moose and black bear seen on trail.

hiking
1 month 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.

Beautiful trail, and easy-but saw a mama bear and her cub just a few feet off the trail and had to do a sharp about face, good thing it’s a loop trail!

Absolutely some of the best views available in Cooper Landing. Great trail too, especially if it’s been wet past few days and the soil is more gravelly and shake so not super slick like Cecil Rhodes directly across the lake from Slaughter.

Keep an eye out as you hit the beautiful overlook at the rough halfway point—basically the gulch/valley floor—for dall sheep over on the slopes towards Coyote Notch. Can almost always find a few sheep grazing along and there are a few nice rams in there if you get lucky on time.

If you hit Juneau peak and just don’t want the views to end—simply keep going. You can ridgeline along to the end where you can easily look down into Resurrection pass, including Trout Lake.

Great hike for so, so many reasons. And one that you can do several times a season and still maintain excitement of what you’ll find—including the trippy little shoe sole someone wrote all over and tucked into a little tomb on Juneau Peak.

2 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.

I love Skyline as it’s simply a wonderful workout trail with great views—and the traverse just adds to both. Super gorgeous and a great trek for sure. Looking at the ridgeline from Skyline, it is deceiving, looking easy and mostly rolling ups and downs. There is significant ups and downs that can’t be seen from that angle, but you’ll discover them for certain as you go.

The views start out amazing and only improve as you progress. Make sure as you head down the last Ridge to look for the little obscure marker telling you to turn down for the upper Fuller Lake trail. Turn too soon, you’ll discovery sheet cliff walls that are unseen from the top on the lake side of the mountain and have to back track—turn too late and your miss the trail, and discover the fun of endless bushwhacking through y’all grass and alders with marshlands mixed in. As you head down that last Ridge, as the trail starts to disappear, just keep an eye where you place your feet and you will come upon a stainless eye-bolt screwed into the ground with a lite green metal tag telling you to turn there—do so and you’ll hit the upper lake trail just before the trees and it then zigs and zags along the tree line in the tall grass.

Great hike, but plan your exit for a shuttle back to the other lot. I wasn’t able to secure a ride, so had to add the 5.1 miles at the end of the day walking the ditch back to the Skyline lot for my truck.

Great short trail with just enough elevation to feel like you got a little workout and such a beautiful rewarding view at the end. High places overlooking Skilak Lake truly are breathtaking.

Kinda muddy, but so worth it!! The view from the top is amazing!! I definitely recommend this trail. Bring your gun and or bear spray we did see what looked like a bear paw print in the mud.

hiking
2 months ago

The falls are beautiful. You can also access the falls with a shorter distance if taken from a trail head off of Slaughter Ridge Rd.

backpacking
2 months ago

Did this 38 mile trail in 2 1/2 days. Well marked with plenty of water resources, campsites and bear boxes. Beautiful views and easy elevation gain/drops.

hiking
2 months ago

Well-maintained trail and great views of the mountains and river are worth the walk. Comfortable viewing platform highlights dozens of salmon and high potential for bear and bald eagle sightings. Small parking lot (with bathroom) but lots of people on trails. Bring bug spray.

hiking
2 months ago

Great short trail! View was excellent!

mountain biking
2 months ago

Very well maintained trail. The views are pretty nice.

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