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Went in aug. Was so fun with the dogs! Love the alpine flat area!

Did right before the snow fell. The most peaceful hike! Saw 3 moose on the way!

hiking
10 days ago

Tail was well used into the winter, weather was great!

I did this as a thru hike (30 miles) in 2.5 days in late September and loved it. As others have noted, there aren't many switchbacks and the trail mostly goes straight up and down hills so heavy rain made the trail somewhat treacherous. There were a few sections of rock gardens to hike through where I lost track of the trail and turned to the AllTrails map on my phone for navigation. Not many people out there as I saw 1 other hiker during my trip. The Northern half of this trail is more rugged and technical, which I really enjoyed. The miles are slower than other places I've hiked but the views were incredible. Because of the open tunrda, you are very safe from bears because of the good visibility and hiking / camping views of the Talkeetna and Denali ranges are stunning.

Invigorating, sun set and sun rise above waterfall in between lakes.

I went on a Saturday in late September. it wasn't to crowded but parking is a bit crazy. it's a nice out and back. once you get to the lake, go right and you get a great view of the inlet.

walking
27 days ago

Gosh did i love this trail! High reward for a easy hike! Did it in July! So beautiful

walking
27 days ago

Just went 10/23/18 awesome! Driving trail closed for the winter but just park and walk to the trail head 1 mile. Sun was out and no one on trail at 11am! Warm and snow everywhere such a quick easy high reward trail!

hiking
29 days ago

My favorite spot to hike during summer time!!

The trail was beautiful, fresh snow. We were there in the morning and the sun shining On the other mountains illuminated their profile beautifully! Windy at the top however you get to see an entire view of Turnigan arm from one side!! No snow on the road up their and it was a rough ride.

Amazing like always

nice hike close to town. beautiful views.

hiking
1 month ago

Perfect day for this hike! Trail was a little muddy after the rain yesterday and then the top had some snow. But the trail was evident with all the foot traffic. Clear enough to see Denali and the views from the peak were incredible. Saw 3 moose on the way up and then 20 sheep (3 different groups) at the peak. Definitely will do again. Enjoy!

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful rabbit lake . Went up to mchugh lake also. Snow is there to stay !! Very windy as usual. Layer layer layer

A nice relaxing stroll. Didnt see a waterfall (i think the one pictured is for barbara falls).

Wonderful drive. Loved every mile

walked all around the mine. very interesting

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.

Not to hard but not to easy, good fun hike with beautiful views!

My husband, me and our dog did this hike today.
It was worth it.
Very beautiful.

Short but nice view!

hiking
1 month ago

This hike offers some really spectacular views, and from a hike that is fairly easy and accessible and with a good quality trail. There were some muddy patches and a few icy bits in the shaded areas, but overall the trail was excellent. When I was there it was a very clear day and you could easily see Denali a hundred miles away; Mount Redoubt was even visible at nearly 150 miles distant! This was one of the best hikes I’ve seen for how much you can see versus how relatively easy it is to get to. This isn’t a well-kept secret, though, so expect crowds—especially on the lower half of the trail.

hiking
1 month ago

This hike is definitely a challenge. I am 22 years old and In pretty good shape. It is mostly up hill the whole entire way. Once you past the second bench it turns into a narrow trail, with grass as tall as you. Come to a corner the trail kinda ends and you can go up at your own risk. This part becomes very hard. It opens up and you can see twin peaks well, did not make it any further to see the lake from the very top. Would recommend hiking boots rather than running shoes. Also saw a black bear on the trail right after second bench on the way down. Bring bear spray lots of water, and pack light. Going down is also very tiring. Shin splints is a real thing !

These views are spectacular! There is nothing to compare the peace and beauty of this trip. You do have to cross a pretty crazy stream; so bring your water shoes. A group of my friends and I backpacked and had an amazing time!! Be prepared for anything. Our trip was about 22 miles because there had been a recent snow storm and we had to hike over the snow. Remember iodine tablets so you can refill your water! Worth every step!!!

We ended up just going up ship creek pass to ship lake to see the reveal. It was amazing. Saw a bunch of moose on our way back couple nice bulls. Moderate hike with a creek the whole way up.

hiking
1 month ago

Enjoyed a nice walk up the trail today. The incline is pretty gentle and was pretty easy for my 10yr old. We didn't make it to the end of the trail, stopped just above the lakes. Amazing views as far as the eye can see. Only bother was the amount of unleashed dogs on the trail. Please leash your four legged friend on the trail. Even if yours is super friendly, others might not be.

Fun, challenging trail with beautiful views from the top

Gorgeous fall day. Beautiful colors below tree line and the lake a stunning, crisp navy blue.

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!

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