nature trips
11 hours ago

Easy short hike with kids, ages 4 and 7 years old. Trail was in perfect condition. The beaver dams were impressive.

Get ready for some elevation gain! The weather was a bit cold at the top. The way up is warm because you’re working. Lots of rocky steps. But the views at the top were absolutely beautiful. Ps no dogs supposed to be on the trail!

rocky
snow
13 days ago

We couldn't access the trail from the trailhead listed here due to bears in the area. We ended up parking at Savage River and hiking up that way. Extremely steep and still a decent amount of snow, but beautiful at the top! We traveled about 2 miles and turned around to head back to the car to avoid bears near the campground trail head. (5/10/2020)

hiking
muddy
snow
14 days ago

Fantastic trail! Took about 3 hours up and 1 hour down. Ventured a mile or so past the actual trail end onto higher peaks. The views are incredible. No one up there but us. Love it when no one is in the trail! Patches of ice here and there. Moose encounter. Lynx encounter. This one says moderate and I’d say this could be hard for most. You’ve got to do this trail! This trail has been blessed.

hiking
muddy
22 days ago

Absolutely breathtaking at the highest point. My buddy and I went off trail multiple times to see some extra cool sights. It’s very windy at the top, so bring warm clothes around April-May time frame. There is a bus that will take you back to your vehicle however it is currently not in service due to covid (as of 5/1/2020). After finishing the hike, my buddy and I walked about 3.25 miles on the closed highway to get back to his vehicle. Still well worth the view at the top.

easy trail. I like coming in From the Parks HWY side and ending in the Park. It's a steady 9 mile hike one way. Hiked it 10 different times in the summer of 2019. Saw Porcupines and moose. All 3 lakes have some great spots to rest and take in the views. Bring snacks and a good attitude :)

hiking
icy
snow
1 month ago

Did the trail about 3 weeks ago, it is a small trail but in the winter it can be very peaceful and nice, also didn’t see many people around. the lake was completely frozen and you can actually walk on it as well as the river. Did find tracks of animals but didn’t get the chance to see any. Easy and beautiful trail.

hiking
no shade
rocky
snow
3 months ago

I really enjoyed this trail each time I went on it! It’s got a pretty steep climb to get to the top but the views make it worth it. It gets a little dicey when there is snow on the trail, so (after a bit of a rough incident) I avoid it until the snow is pretty much gone. I’ve seen people go up with their young kids so it’s doable, however I don’t think my 5 & 6 year old would make it, so use your judgement there. Not terribly buggy in the summer in my experience and sometimes you get an awesome view of wildlife down in the valley.

Did the trail in Aug 2019. Effort to reward ratio is max in this one as this one is an easy hike with breathtaking views. I was awed by the beaver dams. These fellas are so hardworking and build these amazing dams. There are multiple viewpoints with amazing views. Loved this one.

I went up 20 Jan 2020 for a quick hike. MLK was free day in the park!! Beautiful trail and great views! The trail is snow packed all the way up and I made it with just standard hiking boots with no issues. I did use Yak Tracks on the way down and would suggest some sort of micro-spikes for the steep sections. My Garmin Instinct clocked an 800' elevation gain so i'm not sure if the main description is correct or my watch but the hike didn't seem too bad though it is obviously steep in spots, I do find the 1600' may be an exaggeration. All in all a great day out and helped to subdue the cabin fever!!

hiking
6 months ago

Did this hike atleast 4 times this past spring and summer. It’s is beautiful! Just short enough for a quick hike, but leads to amazing views. Most times it is rainy at the top but you can usually still see (just check the weather). As I would say this is very moderate- it took my husband and I about an hour and 45 minutes to do. However, if you are not in hiking shape and able to handle inclines quickly- expect around 3 hours or more. I have brought guests who are not used to Alaska Hiking and it took almost 4 in some instances!

hiking
icy
rocky
snow
6 months ago

At first I was a little nervous to try to conquer this trail with it covered in snow, but it’s a very well marked trail and was very easy to follow, even in the snow. The views are some of the best I’ve seen here in Alaska. I could even see Denali way off in the distance! I used snowshoes most of the way up, switched to microspikes near the top as the path gets more narrow and requires more precision, and then came down in microspikes as well. It took just over 3 hours with stopping along the way and taking about a 20 minute break up at the top. Overall, it was one of the best hikes I’ve done!

hiking
snow
7 months ago

Deep ❄️ but well packed. Couldn’t make it to the end due to snow depth. Beautiful views with over a foot of snow ❄️. Only a few icy spots. It took me 4.5 hours round trip, but i’m an out of shape 67 year old, took a few rest stops.

hiking
7 months ago

Amazing trail- went in early October, so no bugs, no other hikers, and exposed trail was no problem because of clouds and low temp. So beautiful for seeing fall colors! Hardest stretch is after the switchbacks before the lake but nothing anyone couldn’t handle if they have made it that far already.

Amazing views. Beautiful hike

Very good hike. Not so tiring. Went to see the beaver pond. It was amazing how these animals do their thing. Hubby and me did not see any person. Truly enjoyed.

Made this trail yesterday. It was an easy walk. We combined a bit of taiga trail, meadow view connector trail and roadside trail.

hiking
snow
8 months ago

We went on this trail on Sept. 21 and had snow. Some parts of the trail are hard to find in snow, so I would avoid this trail with much more than a dusting of snow. The trailhead that starts away from the river (end at the river) is what we took and didn’t think this was a “hard” hike but can see if you come from the river side to the park entrance side, I’d say it would fall into the hard category. Just stairs up (they were down for us) to the ridge and then pretty moderate. No wildlife for us on this hike which was a bit disappointing, but nice hike anyway.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice walk. Not a hike. LOTS of evidence for beaver activity, but we didn’t see any beavers. Great hike for families with kids.

Obviously this is past tourist season, therefore I thoroughly enjoyed my hike. It has its ups and downs ;), but seriously it’s a nice quick route if you’re looking for something short, but want to feel accomplished. I ended up continuing past the peak for a bit, which I would’ve continued to do so to reach high altitudes and get a solid 14-15 miles however the weather was not cooperating, expectingly due to the time of year. I took this route back down and added on with a couple of the quicker/shorter routes at the base to continue the experience. I know I was long winded but overall I enjoyed the trail for a quick after work hike. Not sure if if I would enjoy this in high season however as a full disclosure. Views are great - even when the fog rolled in!

hiking
8 months ago

West to east direction. steep start. pay attention to the loose rocks. once you drop into the ravine, take time in the trees. really enjoyed it.

hiking
8 months ago

Great hike, we parked at the end of this trail by the Savage River Cabin and walked the road to the start at Savage River. The first mile was basically up, the trail was nice and had almost stairs. The views across the top of the ridge were amazing. The rest of the hike was a nice steady down hill through some brush and then a well kept path through some tress. Overall it was beautiful and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a nice day hike.... Unfortunately for some reason my GPS did not track the whole way and cut some corners.

Awesome trail and beautiful views!

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