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4 months ago

Amazing fall colors, warm, no wind and beauty at every corner!

camping
4 months ago

Great hike. A bit over grown in spots. The camp sites at the end are nice. We were able to see a pod of beluga whales while we ate dinner.

Awesome hike, 65 degres today, The views were breathtaking. Definitely coming back to explore more. Bring lots of water as the inclines are a killer and its humid.

6 months ago

Beautiful hike; trail has nice switchbacks with moderate incline; be prepared for weather tho because the base may be hot an the closer you get to the summit it gets windy and cold. the trail gets steeper the last mile or so but the veiw is well worth it

6 months ago

A bit overgrown here and there and you can hear the Seward highway traffic from across the arm. Otherwise, a nice little hike with lots of wildflowers. And you can grab a beer at the Seaview when you’re done. (June 23, 2018)

Like another reviewer said, I wouldn't really reccomended this trail during this part of the summer because the cow parsnip is out of control. The view is nice but not anything you can't see from the Seward highway (which is all you can hear on the trail)

6 months ago

Good steep hike to some awesome views.

hiking
7 months ago

Outstanding hike. A good distance with moderate effort needed, but overall it's pretty pleasurable, and has great views of the North side of The Turnagain Arm. It was a warm (58°F) day with the sun out, clear mostly, with high visibility, but the Arm started to get cloudy when I reached the summit. Girdwood showers headed south and met me on the drive back.

At the peak when it's clear you can see all the Chugach Peaks on the north side of Turnagain Arm (McHugh, N/S Suicide, Bird Ridge etc.. see the mountains near you on the Southside of Turnagain Arm, and even over to what starts the Kenai Range and the Kenai Peninsula. You can see the start of the Aleutian chain basically, Susitna, Fire Island, Mt. Foraker, and McKinley/ Denali.

Nice short out and back, great views, a couple of minor stream crossings, would be best to do this hike early in the season before the cow parsnip grows out of control. Each end of the hike, whether you start at the Rainbow end or the Windy end will have you going uphill for about a quarter mile. We saw some Dall Sheep at Windy. The views are awesome, but I could see that one skiddish about heights might find this hike out of their comfort zone, as the trail can be narrow along a pretty steep drop at times.

hiking
8 months ago

WOW. absolutely amazing hike with incredible views. My boyfriend and I have gone on quite a few in the last week, and this one is our favorite!
The trail was well kept, but it did get mucky in some areas where the snow was still melting. I imagine it gets reallllly muddy after a good rain, so be aware. Also, there are a couple trail options: a windy switchback, and a straight uphill scramble that starts about 1/3 of the way in. We took the scramble up and the switchbacks down, which worked pretty well! 10/10 would recommend.

Thursday, June 29, 2017

AMAZING views!

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

My family and I hiked this trail last year with friends of ours. There was lots of vegetation and easy to get that "get lost in the woods" feel. We enjoyed Geocaching along the way and the view along the trail.

hiking
Thursday, September 08, 2016

Nice hike, 5.7 mi one-way from the trailhead. Mixed terrain. Beautiful views of Cook Inlet and Turnagain Arm. Easy hike for some. Moderate hike for others.

on Gull Rock

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

One more correction.....the correct map for this trail is with the Bull Rock listing?!

on Gull Rock

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

Nice hike, but my prior review needs correction.....the hike from new trailhead parking (before campground) is 11.7 miles round trip, and takes about 5 hours.

on Gull Rock

hiking
Thursday, August 04, 2016

The trailhead parking for this hike has been moved outside the campground which has added distance, elevation, and time to the hike. Gull Rock hike is now 13.5 miles and takes about five and a half hours (round trip).

hiking
Monday, July 18, 2016

Wife, daughter and I walked two miles in and two out and enjoyed these trails. We walked and got to see a couple different environments of grass and berries to wooded area. It is a nice and easy trail and easily visible to follow and stay on.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Felt longer than 5 miles each way. Nice hike along the coast. Not big elevation changes but great views and a good trail. Sometimes overgrown. Great camping spots at the end.

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Nice flat hike. Not to challenging, but that last mile back to the campground seemed a lot longer than it did headed out.

on Hope Point

Monday, June 29, 2015

Enjoyed the hike and fabulous view. Not too busy with other people.

Wednesday, June 03, 2015

Very nice trail, not very steep except for some sections where it crosses steams. Very windy at the end.

hiking
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Good. Long.

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

My sister and I did that hike two days ago and it was georgeous! The steep climb on the last stretch was worth the beautiful view at the top! My favorite hike so far would be this one :)

hiking
Friday, August 23, 2013

Hiked out to Gull Rock for an overnight backpacking trip with some friends. the trail was well maintained with little elevation gain. we found multiple spots to camp once out on the point, with a good water source about 1/4 mile before the point. The views were spectacular and offered 270 degree viewing of the inlet. We were told that bears frequent the trail so we made sure to bring along our AK bear spray (12 ga w/slugs). Nice short hike to complete in a day or for overnight trips, would recommend as a warm-up or first time backpacking trail as it requires minimal conditioning and you are relatively close to the Hope campground.

hiking
Monday, July 08, 2013

Rigorous uphill hike along a new trail with a lot of fallen trees. The trail is short, more developed at the lower elevations & less developed at the steep uphill.

hiking
Monday, July 08, 2013

Attempted to mountain bike this trail as a novice. Impossible due to roots, rocks & mud. Walked the bike along the uphill trail until I gave up & walked it back down. Beautiful, rigorous trail is perfect for hiking, but only recommend biking it if you're a skilled rider.

mountain biking
Monday, June 03, 2013

An extremely technical ride. I would say trail is 90% ridable for an advanced rider and more like 70% for intermediate. Most difficult sections and large root fields on an uphill. Most of the trail fallows the bluffs with a steep drop off on one side. Roots and boulder fields are usually slick do to the amount of rainfall in the area. Beautiful Ride!!

hiking
Friday, May 31, 2013

Great trail can be very steep in spots, not recommended for small children. Great views of the Turnagain arm to the east, the city of Hope to the south and Anchorage to the north. Lots of wildlife to be seen as well.

hiking
Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Gull rock a nice hike and great place to spend the night with views of Anchorage city lights.

hiking
2 months ago

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