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Beautiful hike in the Fall! Great trail that takes you by lakes, a stream a boulder field at the end. Well maintained and traveled.

This was an absolutely perfect day for hiking this trail. Beautiful views, a few varying temperatures but hey that’s what you get in Alaska. One thing I wish I had known prior to arrival was that there is a $5 fee to park at the lodge area. This was my first time hiking the trail and had to make a decision at the fork in the trail as to go left or right. Decided to go right which took us up the path along the ski lift. That path is fairly vertical and will wear you out fast with the gain in elevation. Not for the novice hiker in my opinion or if you want a more leisure hike. Once to the top there were spectacular views of all the changing colors of the landscape below. It is solemnly quiet at the top. Started at 5 pm so the clouds began gently rolling in and gave an amazing show as they crept across the tops and through some of the saddles. Also we found the easier trail that has far less elevation gain up to the ridge-line-between the two peeks. After taking in the spectacular show of the sunlight through the clouds, we headed down the backside ridge-line and followed the spring track. The mountain spring was flowing gently and provided some great sounds. The sun was beginning to get pretty low and provided breathtaking scenery at a much more enjoyable descent. There were 6-7 people we crossed paths with on the hike. I would highly recommend this for someone likes evening hikes for how gorgeous the day was. If you plan on hiking this trail on a wet day make sure you have good shoes or boots. Well worth the work to get to the top.

Such an awesome and beautiful hike. After a few rest stops, some pickings of blueberries and crowberries on the backside of Baldy and a fair amount of peaceful time at the top, it took me about 4 hours (starting at the bottom of Baldy). Can’t wait to return with a drone.

Amazing views. Tough terrain with a few washouts and rerouting of path. Started in girdwood and finished in eagle river over 2 nights. No bears or moose seen. River crossing was knee height around 330pm.

Definitely a decent hike. A friend and I hiked about 5 miles in our first evening there and decided to set up camp at the bottom of the glacier after seeing a monster grizzly hanging around the hillside. I swear the second day it felt like we had hiked 20+ miles. Although it was a long second day, the weather, the views, the river crossings, were all an experience that was well worth the hike.

This was my first backpacking trip in Alaska. Damp and cold, but loved it! Be cautious at the river crossing: typically lower in the morning with less glacial melt, but with constant rain it was hip-deep on me!

Very beautiful hike and great view of Eagle River and on a good day, you might see part of Anchorage as well.

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29 days ago

Did this one in the winter around April, at the top there was snow up to my thigh but was well worth the views up top!

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1 month ago

Beautiful view, given it started drizzling mid-hike but nonetheless it was gorgeous. Trail gets steeper and more gravelly as you get closer to the top but overall was a fun hike.

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1 month ago

Recommend bringing trekking poles. Very steep on the way up, if you take the right entrance. Left side could be used for both up and down if you don’t mind walking a little longer and stay on the safe side. Amazing view on the top though! Could be a great work out trail!

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1 month ago

Fantastic hike!! definitely not for the faint hearted, the walk is pretty steep and the air gets very thin but it's worth it for the views! FYI the ski lift looks like its shut but there are two so keep walking down and you'll see it; $15 for a trip down - we were dead on our feet so were more than happy to grab it. Lots of wasps around the top for anyone allergic. A must hike!

Great views of Eagle and Symphony lakes. There are about 3 campsites down towards Eagle lake and 3 or 4 more down near Symphony lake. You cannot camp in or near the shelter because of terrain. There is one tree for shade in the area. If camping there in the summer, bring your own shade. The rock scramble easily adds a few miles worth of effort to the hike.

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1 month ago

Well worth the hike. I’d recommend going up the hard route (right) and reward yourself by coming down the easier side (left). The views at the top were breathtaking. Took about 35 minutes up with water breaks and had the summit to myself. If you have the time, continue along the ridge to Black Tail (another must do).

The trail is reopened after the fatal mauling.
Be bear aware; this trail is part of the bears home area, bring bear spray,make noise, dont hike alone and stay together.

The trail itself is well maintained, easy to follow and clean. The last section you need to cross a boulder field,watch your step,and take your time. The first bridge is roughly half way there. We had no issue with bugs but still brought bug spray.

It is a long walk bring enough water and snacks/lunch. don't forget to bring your trash out with you.

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1 month ago

Steep steep to the top, but so worth it! Went down the easier way, and that helped a lot.

First time ever today. So awesome! The views are spectacular.

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1 month ago

Fun longer loop that takes you nearer the river and past a few beaver ponds. The boardwalk over the ponds allows good views of the surrounding mountains

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1 month ago

Path goes to a great viewing area. There was a Merlin Hawk that tried to catch a duck right in front of us

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1 month ago

Our hike on this trail was terrific. The road going to the trail head was freshly paved in 2018. Terrific view of Eagle River at the top. My 5 year old did it under his own power, so I would describe it as a family friendly hike. I highly recommend trekking poles for stability, they were a huge help in a few spots.

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1 month ago

If you want a challenge take the telephone trail path up and keep on right to connect with main trail. It will work every muscle in your legs. Feels great!

Definitely a good workout hike. Trekking poles would help on the way down. Beautiful view from the top.

Hiked it yesterday with my husband 3 kids and dog. Was an awesome hike and the view at the top was amazing!!

Some big bear claw marks on the trees near the falls. Nice, short walk to falls and a treacherous game trail down, if you dare.

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2 months ago

Beautiful hike, read the reviews and they were definitely right! Take the right trail at the fork to get the steepest part of out the way on the way up!

Great day hike near the old Nike Missile Site across from JBER and amazing views of the Anchorage bowl area. My son and I followed the ridge over to Highland Mt from Gordon Lyon for a view of downtown Eagle River. Gordon Lyon definitely steeper on the backside!

Snack bar at the trail head and lodge available to rent. They have had trouble with vehicle break-ins here so I recommend going on the weekend when there’s more people. Watch out for cow parsnip at the beginning of the trail -toxic to humans and pets. Trail accessible from Arctic Valley Rd (open from 0600-2200).

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2 months ago

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Went up on the right fork, came down on the left. Beautiful views. For someone who’s afraid of heights, it took us an hour to reach the top. Loved this hike!

Great hike. Close to Anchorage and suitable for many.

Beautiful close up falls. Many other opportunities for hiking. Can follow the South Fork to the confluence of Eagle River.

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2 months ago

Great hike! Recommend trekking poles to help with the climb down if you choose to go down the steeper side.

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