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Beautiful hike.

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

1 day ago

Did this hike yesterday. Sunny and warm day (50s). The trail itself is well maintained. Excellent views. Saw some mountain goats far off in the distance. Great view of Ketchikan Lake about 3/4 of the way up. Cool A frame cabin about 1/4 mile off the main trail on a side trail. Definitely a difficult hike if you aren’t used to hiking. We took our time and stayed out there all day. Lots of cool mushrooms along the way! Overall, great hike and great day. Worth it.

2 days ago

Hello twins. ;)

Quick beautiful hike. Definitely check the weather before you go because doing this trail after/during rainfall would make it a lot more dangerous. I would also consider it to be more moderate than easy. A little strenuous at times, but so worth it when you make it to the top.

walked all around the mine. very interesting

on Reed Lakes Trail

4 days ago

Worth the hike!!! :) definitely doing this trail again!

Absolutely gorgeous. I wouldn’t suggest doing it in the rain or snow as the boulder fields would be pretty tricky and you could easily break an ankle if wet but a stunning hike. Finished in 5 hours.

4 days ago

Well worth the effort. Camped at the top. Bring at least 3 liters of water if you're doing the whole trail, especially if the sun is out. There are many streams if you have a filter.

awesome trail! the peak of the trail has an awesome look out! did the trail in October, and it was a little chilly at the top but just plan accordingly for the weather.

Fun trail, but definitely not an easy trail. I would rate it as moderate. Starts off fairly steep with a little scree section before it mellows out and leads into a nice little rock garden. After that it’s fairly easy to get to the top. I would say the hardest part is coming down the first steep scree section. Took me way longer than it should! If you’re looking for great views and a fun challenge I recommend this mountain!

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

7 days ago

Did this on a rainy day. We loved it. The lake was pretty but the woods were even better. It was extremely overcast so I can’t comment too much on the far away view, but our immediate view was beautiful. Once you get near the top, the trees disappear for awhile and you are out in the open. You meet back up with the woods again before reaching the top. The trees get smaller and have a lot of character to them. There are a few waterfalls throughout this hike that added to the beauty. Definitely recommend on a clear or rainy day. Be prepared if it’s rainy! Wear good boots (preferably with ankle support) as there are plenty of muddy areas.

By far best trail I’ve been on , with multiple views , worth going to!

8 days ago

Nice trail with a great payoff within a short hike. The trail is easily followed but due to roots was a bit treacherous (it didn’t help that it had rained earlier in the day so the trail was slippery as well). The waterfall is pretty spectacular and with the mossy trees and rocks the whole area feels like a fairy garden. We followed the trail a bit further which seems to follow the creek but since it was wet and slippery we turned around so I’m not sure how far it actually goes.

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

Beautiful views of the Alaska range on a clear day. Make sure to get your permit USARTRAK before going as it is a controlled area. It’s free to sign up and is good for two years. The trailhead is accessed from dome road just past mile 250 on the west side of the highway.

8 days ago

Fun hike! 4.8 miles. The lake is beautiful. South side of the lake trail is overgrown but not too bad to cover the trail. There is a fallen tree south of the boat ramp that is difficult to get around. Saw two different piles of fresh bear scat.

8 days ago

The toughest part of the trail is the beginning with a pretty steep elevation. The trail is well maintained but due to the small gravel type rocks traction is iffy. The payoff of the glacier and portage lake is so worth it though. Pack a lunch and find a nice secluded spot around the side of the lake to enjoy.

9 days ago

It was tough for me, but slow and steady wins the race! The view at the top is a fantastic-Turnagain Arm! Also a very nice, reasonably priced restaurant at the top.

11 days ago

LOVED this trail...short, but not too short. Absolutely beautiful views of Skilak, the Kenai and surrounding mountains. Views all the way along the trail, not just at the top. Perfect little hike!

First hike in Alaska for this Florida girl. Great start, not too strenuous. The salmon jumping upstream made it feel like we were in a documentary and created a feeling of awe and excitement.

11 days ago


Short but nice view!

This is a great hike. The lakes are very blue and beautiful. I went when there was snow on the ground so it was very easy finding a place to camp. Would no suggest bringing a dog since there are a couple spots that you may have to rock hop.

good easy hike. have done this one several times. been up close to a couple bears on 2 different occasions towards the bottom of the loop

Great day on the trail. 4 hours up for us. Just keep your eye out for the flagging at the end of West Glacier to navigate the scrubby alders.

12 days 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 !

got my back window broke and all my stuff stolen at this trail head.

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