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icy
rocky
snow
1 month ago

Snowshoed this trail with about a foot of snow at the top and it was no joke! The trail seems to be pretty rocky underneath, so there was lots of slipping and sliding going on. It was a good workout, but I probably wouldn’t recommend it in the snow. Saw tons of animal tracks...bear, moose, rabbit, fox, and some kind of bird! This trail also has the potential for gorgeous views of the Alaska range, but it was too cloudy/foggy to see that far on my hike.

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snow
1 month ago

trail easy to navigate, even in the snow. I stopped a lot to warm my toes; should have worn boots. Great views. lightly tracked; only saw one set of human tracks, plenty of moose tracks (thankfully no counters).

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muddy
2 months ago

We hiked this from the Byers Lake parking lot Sept. 09, 2019. Although there were a few trees blocking the trail here and there, this is probably the most established trail I've been on in a while. If you enjoy a steady and easy incline, then this is a good trail for you. There was only one bridge, one small creek crossing, and one rock I had to use three points of contact to get over. It probably took the two of us about 5 hours to hike it to the K'esugi junction and back to the parking lot. Lots of moose and bear sign but no sightings. The views at the top were stellar, even though Denali only poked her head out of the clouds for a split second. I highly recommend this trail for a couple of able bodied adults and fun kids who can use their own legs for a full 8 miles.

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bridge out
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

Husband and I decided to tackle this trail based on the “kid friendly” description and all the comments of it being a “nice easy walk”. This is NOT kid friendly. Had we known this we would have turned around before crossing over to the southeastern side of the lake. Once you cross over the north bridge the trail becomes extremely overgrown and very muddy. The trail is very narrow and the ground is very unstable. The south bridge is damaged and not structurally sound. Also very few of the reviews mention that there are signs of bears everywhere! I know it’s Alaska and yes, you are assuming risk anytime you venture into nature here, but this lake is literally a bear buffet along the southeast shore. Partially eaten salmon carcass and lots of bear scat basically line that entire side of the lake. Again, had we know this we would not have brought our little one with us. Use extreme caution on this hike and be very bear aware as they clearly are very present in this area and definitely think twice about bringing kiddos on this hike.

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2 months ago

I ended up starting at Byer’s Lake trail and went counterclockwise and connected to cascade lake trail that way. I 100% recommend taking cascade trail if you have the time. There were bits that make you breath heavy but overall a very easy hike with just a bit of easy scrambling at the top. If you can get there, you’re in for a great view to have a snack or just look out. Weather was absolutely beautifully, I stayed at the top writing for over an hour.

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2 months ago

I ended up starting counterclockwise and connected to cascade lake trail that way. I 100% recommend taking cascade trail if you have the time. There were bits that make you breath heavy but overall a very easy hike with just a bit of easy scrambling at the top. If you can get there, you’re in for a great view to have a snack or just look out. Weather was absolutely beautifully, I stayed at the top writing for over an hour.

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bugs
over grown
scramble
3 months ago

Very poorly maintained trail. Where we started (near cabin 6) the trail was easy and right by the lake so the view was nice. We completed the whole loop though and a good portion of the trail has so much overgrown foliage and fallen trees that you have to climb over. I was so glad I decided to wear long pants! I was whacked by plenty of branches today. Toward the end of the loop we saw a sign recommending people not cross the bridge that was needing repair. We had already crossed it way back and lived. Overall my friends and I were pretty bummed with this hike.

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3 months ago

hike around Tigger Lake. Shorter than x lake loop. Whigmi Trailhead. $5 to park. Groomed for cross country skiing so very wide grassy trail.

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3 months ago

Easy gradual uphill on a well maintained path and beautiful views of the Alaskan Range!

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over grown
3 months ago

As of 8/3/19 all the dead/down spruce blocking the trail have been removed. That’s not to say that more of the standing down won’t come down across the trail but for now it is passable. We used all hand tools to cut and move 35 trees on the entire loop. The trail is pretty overgrown on the back side with fireweed, grass, and some devils club.

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blowdown
bugs
over grown
4 months ago

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blowdown
bugs
over grown
5 months ago

A bit overgrown but not horrible. Bring bug spray or keep moving. Fairly simple hike with wonderful views

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bugs
over grown
5 months ago

Did entire loop. Bring plenty of bug spray. South side severely overgrown hard to see trail. Mosquitos galore on south side

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blowdown
bugs
closed
5 months ago

Trail also closed

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6 months ago

Very nice hike, but due to the number of standing dead spruce trees from ongoing spruce bark beetle outbreak, you must scramble over and around lots of deadfall spruce here and there. That and the campground being closed due to the tree hazard means peace and quiet on the trail with no other people. Do not hike this trail on a windy, gusty day as hazard from fresh windfall is real! Many wildflowers are just exploding into bloom, and Trumpeter Swans are cruising back and forth across the lake.

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bugs
6 months ago

We only did a short piece of the loop from the boat launch dock. Campground is closed due to hazard from trees. The forest around the lake is peppered with dead pines. We passed a few that had cracked and were across the trail. Trail is really nice though and looks like it hugs the lake the whole way.

beautiful day on the trail.

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