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One of my yearlong favorite trails. Great for families. Easy hike in the spring , summer, and fall. Great for cross country skiing once the snow falls.

Fun, challenging trail with beautiful views from the top

I live in Indian right next to the end of Powerline Pass, so I start this trail opposite of everyone else. it's just a gradual inclined hike from this direction. Views of the Turnagain Arm and Bird Ridge are pretty great

This hike was very beautiful, the lake was big with plenty of places to camp. I wish I brought a fishing pole!!

Just did O’Malley today! Took 3.5 hours roundtrip, however my friend and I ran up to the ascent before little Omalley, then the ball fields, and then down the scree coming back. Every opportunity we could. It’s an incredible hike but does require some confidence when heading up the gulley of big Omalley. We took the goat paths whenever we could find them but it was not technical at all. The view from the top, on a bluebird day, is incredible and well worth the trek! Saw about 4 bull moose and a cow coming back. Pretty highly trafficked, but not too many people once you leave the ball fields and start heading up big Omalley. Totally doable hike!

I really liked this trail as an easy walk to escape the city. It is all paved, but there are some opportunities to go into the woods if you like (near Earthquake Park for example). It also has the outer planets of the Solar System trail that starts at downtown Anchorage which is very cute and educational. I got up to Neptune -- next time I will make it to Pluto (six hours from the sun in downtown - I started too late).

mountain biking
23 days ago

This review is from someone who tried to bike from Primrose trail head up to the lake and back. Apparently, most individuals who bike it prefer to start at the Lost Lake trail head and through bike up to the lake and down to Primrose. We kept wondering why everyone was passing us the opposite way. Otherwise, the rating would be different. We bit off way more than we could chew trying to bike up this way. We are definitely not very advanced mountain bikers and we had to carry our bikes up a lot of the steeper/root-filled sections. Didn't make for the most awesome experience. However, the views and riding at the top by the lake are phenomenal and the ride back down was most supreme. So, definitely don't recommend trying to bike up from Primrose unless you've got some experience and skill. Other than that the trail was absolutely wonderful!

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.

This peak took us almost 4hrs to reach the top, taking our time in some places due to the loose ground and a few steep areas that are probably out of most people’s comfort zone, but if you don’t mind heights, the view is unbelievable!

A pleasant hike in the woods. The climb at the beginning is a bit of a slog, but the trip around the lake is lovely. An 80-minute hike, at my pace, with a few stops.

mountain biking
1 month ago

I only did an out and back to top Powerline Pass from Flattop then turned around to get back to Flattop car park. Great option is to bike to Green Lake then hike from there to Grey Lake then 2 options to get to Powerline pass, I prefer to back track and take high trail to top of pass rather than up scree like steep slope. Views are lovely of the lakes down to Anchorage with sleeping lady Beyoncé. Bike back to Flattop trailhead is a blast with a bit of a push on the last section to make it feel like a workout after ~ 3 miles of coasting

Not a difficult trail at all.. good day hike.

walking
1 month ago

Short and flat walk with interpretive signs. If it had not been cloudy, we would have gotten views of all the surrounding mountains (hence, the name of the trail.) Sept 6, 2018.

the trail itself is definitely not difficult. the whole time basically from the cutoff of Sprawling Meadows Trail you are confined to "board walking" the whole Trail is covered in marshes and muskegs. the trail has a slight incline throughout but nothing difficult. The cabin is beautiful has a great lookout to the water on a clear day. didn't see any wildlife but lots of markings. I only gave it to stars because you're walking on boards the whole time.

Nice bike ride and easy trail. On a clear day you can see Mount Denali.

hiking
1 month ago

Awesome hike, just be aware that the mileage listed here and on the trail signs is way off from the actual trail since it doesn’t include the multitude of switchbacks on the way up. From the lake loop junction to the Ridge trail is actually over 3 miles. To the round trip on this from the campground is about 8.5 not 6.5.
GPS link here for actual trail distance.
https://www.strava.com/activities/1817860348

hiking
1 month ago

We went up the ballfield and around Black Lake to climb up along the northern ridge. Would not recommend this route if looking for a relatively easy hike. Several spots with rather extreme exposure and not insignificant climbing was required. Once we connected with the main east-west running ridgeline, we still had a good bit to go until we made it to the actual peak. All in all it was good, but much longer and slower than expected due mostly to the route we chose. Next time, I'd go down Powerline and take the much easier path that splits off to approach the peak on its west-southwest side.

hiking
1 month ago

Pretty trail with a good incline to start! The trail around the lake is relatively easy. The ground to the left is uneven and you may have to crawl over rocks here and there, but the right side is much more maintained. There aren’t any GRAND mountain views, which I was hoping for, but you will see the mountains as you walk around the lake. It was a pretty and simple trail. I wish I’d had more time so I could have done the upper lake. We started up, to reach a view point of Skagway. The trail to upper lake is basically straight up, and I wouldn’t recommend going up to the “viewpoint” unless you plan to do the entire trail! If you’re looking for nice mountain views of the peaks surrounding Skagway, this hike will leave you wanting more. If you’re looking to stretch your legs and see a pretty lake, this is for you! I don’t think this hike is quite a 3, but I’m not giving it a 4 because the only reason I’d do it again would be to get to upper lake! Still a nice, enjoyable hike!

Loved this trail! Was a bit of an overcast day with some light showering so no views of Denali but we still were able to see the front few mountain ranges. Although I feel this was the perfect hike for this weather whilst in Denali. The rainforest type vegetation with ferns and mushrooms everywhere was very magical to then come across the beautiful cascading falls. We climbed along the falls up to the top to reach the trail again and continued on to the ridge. Beautiful and not too hard at all

Fun and great for the family. I hike this one with my grandchildren.

Great trail with outstanding views the whole way. Watch your step & Take your time. Bad knees should avoid as the downhill is steep.

2 months ago

Great bike ride!

Hard, but totally worth it! Went half way towards devils punch bowl but sadly the weather turned bad.

hiking
2 months ago

多样化的地型,如果没有雨,那就爽了。但路有点短且爬升不多,我给三个星,应该评容易级。

nice and easy very well trafficked and definitely not hard, a nice trail for a rainy day (as long as you're wearing waterproof shoes)

hiking
2 months ago

Nice trail with views that can be accessed from the campground instead of walking up to the road.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail! My first real hike in a little long time (nope not saying how long). My avid hiker girlfriend and I settled for a total of 6.2 miles. I know she was wanting to do more, but I was thinking I still need to hike back so we turned around. Sure felt good to sit in our truck! No so much getting out of it. Lol. First of many beautiful hikes in Alaska for us!! Well groomed trail!

Hiked up to the pass . Ate lunch at grey lake and saw some mountain goats and ptarmigan. Nice place to camp by the lakes . Some bikers but few hikers up to the pass.

Very well preserved trail with stunning scenery! The trailhead campgrounds are also incredible. A must for any travelers.

Beautiful trail with plenty of great views for photos. Trail is mostly all 2x4 boards that are put together to create steps. Make sure you are ready for tons of stairs. Going done is rough due to the boards but the cabin and view from the top is worth it. Went during dry spell and 74 degrees outside but could tell that the trail would be slippery if it wasn’t for the boards. Reached cabin in 1hr 15mins which was perfect.

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