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If going up the mountain here instead of lakeside, it’s a Great trail up to the 1st bench which is about 1.5 miles up- a little challenging however slow and steady wins the race! Awesome overview of the lake at this time of year at the bench!

it's a nice and relatively easy hike down to the shore. look for the public use warming cabin...it's a cool little spot.

I hiked all 15 miles of this monster 3-17 and it was absolutely brutal. Do not take the time frame for recommended use lightly as the snow on the trail made this a 9.5 hour hike for me. As the meltdown has began, the snow on the trail softened dramatically and staying on the hard pack snow that remains was like walking on a balancing beam—if you stepped off, you were knee high in snow in some parts, waist deep in others. I had my snowshoes on me and they made very little difference as there were parts where I was literally crawling along the trail as secure footing was absent. I’m sure it would have been a sight to see but I had the place to myself. I took the counterclockwise route up as there was a sign declaring that the lower bridge was out (but caution tape blocking off the route was torn apart) and around the 9.8 mile marker (counting down) I lost the trail completely under the snow. I wandered a couple hundred feet off course following what I thought was the trail but it stopped abruptly and left me scratching my head. This app actually saved my a** and my hike as I was able to use it to reorient myself and to rediscover the trail. It was definitely a stunning but trying hike in these conditions. I would wholly recommend holding off until the summer if you intend on fully enjoying the formations at the top. That said, stunning views and incredible rock formations with a sense of serenity that cannot be replicated.

A little crusty for xc skiing, but super well marked trail!

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rocky
snow
4 days ago

Kinda scary in winter but super cool. Felt like the Himalayas somehow. Pretty windy but the snow wasn’t too bad as long as you stayed on the trail.

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scramble
snow
5 days ago

Great trail. We walked it March 2019. Snow was well packed and trail was easy to follow. Lots of fun climbing on the rocks at the top. Easy hike per AK standards with only elevation gains near the end. Fun loop to do.

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snow
6 days ago

This trail is extremely difficult during the winter (or beginning of spring) time. We rented snow shoes and to make our own path up the hillside. It wasn’t hard to stay on trail but the snow was too thick to continue past mile 3. The challenge was well worth it! Can’t wait to try it in the summer time.

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closed
snow
7 days ago

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7 days ago

Nice trail up hill and then a beautiful view of the lake. It is still a bit icy on the incline in parts- so it may be advised to bring some ice cleats.

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8 days ago

Nice little walk from the Ocean Islands visitor center down to the beach and along the boardwalk. Lots of birds in the slough. Lots of trucks and loose dogs on the beach.

A beautiful trail. Not too challenging but not an easy walk for those unaccustomed to hiking. No real source of shade so it gets surprisingly hot.

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9 days ago

Short walk around the nature center. Someone made an igloo which was cool.

Gentle walk with a few nice views. Admission fee is $8/person when the visitor center is open. Seems a bit steep for such a small place. Was easy to get off track with the snow, even though there was obviously some work done on clearing snow.

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snow
9 days ago

was snowing and there was lots of snow blown over the trail. was with 2 other friends and we decided to just do the area going out to the dilapidated ranch cabins and the point instead of going to the peak this day. not the normal view because of the snow and clouds, but still a nice easily accessible hike for locals and others who are visiting the area.

Pretty Trail, but unreal amounts of dog poop! Please, please fellow dog owners; use the plethora of doggy bags all around the lake to clean up after your pets. This is ridiculous!

It was over 7 miles according to our gps but super easy.

mid march hike. Crampons and trekking poles are a must the last half mile to the top this time of year. trail turns pretty slick on top and the wind just beats on you. Not many people the day I went past the Wolverine peak trail head split.

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11 days ago

Awesome trail! We made it to the top for amazing views and back in under 4 hours. Very steep at the beginning but all snow at the top! Beautiful views! Bring a walking stick which was very helpful!

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snow
12 days ago

very nice little trail.

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14 days ago

I did this trail as a part of GE101 and wandered the area for an orienteering exercise for GE261. It’s an easy trail with barely any rise. Just stay off the ski trail in the winter—they’re rather protective of the ski route. The true charm is just off the trail in the wooded area where you can observe some melting ice wedges in the midst of thickets of trees in the summer months.

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snow
washed out
15 days ago

Extremely rewarding trail. I didn’t have spikes which would have been extremely useful as I slipped downhill on ice quite a few times. Made it almost all the way up but the trail was washed out by an avalanche.

Definitely going to come back in the spring/summer.

Definitely bring ice cleats if there has been any type of snow In the past few weeks no matter how many sunny days there has been since. Lots of up and down and 3/4ths of the trail was ice covered. Worth the trek, beautiful and calm walk.

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snow
16 days ago

Nice walk in the winter.

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snow
17 days ago

This trail is gorgeous in the winter. You’ll need good shoes to walk in the snow. Micro-spikes or additional traction will be needed. It is an easy hike, though. In the winter, it is dead quiet. Everything is covered in snow, occasionally marred by the animal prints that walk across the frozen lake for water from the little stream of water flowing in the middle.

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17 days ago

This is one of my go-to trails in the summer months. I’ve hiked Angel Rocks five times this past summer alone—I’ve brought friends and visiting family to this trail to give them a taste of Alaskan nature—and I definitely would not rate the trail as a moderate hike as it’s rather easy. I went snowshoeing 3/6 along this trail, as well, and it was absolutely stunning but the trail is quite narrow so I would suggest treading carefully.

We had an incredible hike up back in July but keep an eye out for the trail completion marker (and for moose). We totally blew past the finish (despite arriving to the top to the sound of applause from fellow hikers) and hiked beyond the maintained trail. The views were totally worth it. The trail is a bit crowded around that time of year (June/July) and it narrows as one draws closer to the summit with lose rock strewn about making it a bit perilous but as long as one remains aware of their surroundings and of approaching hikers there’s no cause for concern.

on Herring Cove Trail

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snow
18 days ago

It was slippery and icy on some of the stones, but a great workout nonetheless and my dog enjoyed being off leash.

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