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We started our hike around 11 am in the sunshine. A few mosquitos were out. I sprayed my exposed arms and legs and that was sufficient. Gorgeous views of Eklutna lake from the first bench. Approximately 3/4 of the way up there was a breeze and the clouds were starting to roll in over the summit of Pepper Peak. Then a light rain started. We all had the proper gear for the changing conditions minus a few gloves. We made it to the summit as the clouds were socking in, but had a window to the north to see the valley toward Wasilla. We ate some snacks and hydrated before heading back down into the warmer temps and out of the clouds. A wonderful hike with friends and my dog.

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rocky
snow
1 hour ago

(5/30) Awesome trail. Overall steady incline all the way up with multiple switchbacks. Plenty of sights to see along the way to the lake like big T pool and fern falls. A beautiful alpine lake waiting at the top filled with colorful cutthroat trout. Also hiked up to spruce lake, a bit snowier and unimproved but great sights

We went to Farley lake and stayed the night, then went back. The trail leading up to Farley lake was nice about half way through. A couple of fallen trees to walk over, but mostly clear. At some point you have to cross a stream. If you don’t want to get wet you’ll have to find a spot with fallen trees to crawl over. If not you will only get about ankle deep wet. The final stretch to Farley has quite a lot of snow on the trail and is very deep at times. Also the lake is FROZEN. Just know that. Otherwise it was a beautiful spot to camp at.

Great hike, my Labrador enjoyed the snow pond. Frogs sending mating calls. Took high trail, crossed 3 snow ravines, 4th was a “bridge too far’, snow looked dangerous. Saw cougar tracks..

Really enjoyed this trail! Easy to follow trail markings. Fairly quiet on a Sunday. Will definitely be back!

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off trail
rocky
1 hour ago

This trail was very strenuous and hard for my boyfriend and I. There was a lot of rock climbing, walking through streams, and over logs. Sometimes it would be hard to tell which way to walk since it's not always obvious where the trail leads. The view is beautiful and it's worth it to reach the dam at the end, breathtaking. Definitely leave ample time - it took us 3.5 hours to complete it, and on the way back we went the wrong way heading back to our car, and had to backtrack in the dark. It was hard, but we made it! Just be prepared - wear water shoes if you like to dip your feet like me. It's very refreshing and ours has great grip. Highly recommend! I think our one-time experience was enough for us though.

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bridge out
bugs
flooded
muddy
over grown
2 hours ago

Trail needs some maintenance. Lots of overgrown areas with obstacles blocking the trail. Horse flies had been a nightmare and seem to enjoy deep woods off. Shin deep water in some areas. I believe it is just this time of year but there are a lot of fronds all over which tell me there is standing water a lot. Not much traffic at all on the trail. The trail splits in places to avoid water but is not marked very well. Took us some back tracking two different times to find our way around and we had to get way off trail at one point to get back to the marked trail.

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bugs
2 hours ago

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bugs
2 hours ago

Fantastic, well-marked trail. Once on the Pisgah Ridge Trail, I only saw one other hiker. The trail was well maintained, and several of the bridges were brand new. Very nice views for a low elevation trail.

hiking
2 hours ago

Awesome easy trail. Went after heavy rain and had to find my way around mud and puddles a few times, but it was a neat walk in a cute state park.

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muddy
no shade
scramble
2 hours ago

5/31/20 Took a couple of people with me today who have not tried a 14er. We had to park ~1.5 miles from the trailhead because the road is closed. We made it up in just under 4 hours. The trail was relatively easy and micro spikes were not needed. Beautiful views on the top and on the way up. Would recommend trying to start before 6 so that you can get yourself a parking spot

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rocky
scramble
2 hours ago

Fun hike! I grabbed the last parking spot just before 9am on a beautiful Sunday. I think there might be extra parking nearby, since other hikers came after me, but I’m not sure whereabout. I highly recommend hiking clockwise, at least up the the peak. This will give you the steeper section of scrambles on the way up and a bit easier for the way down. Even starting at 9am, the peak was crowded. I chose to hang out at the first lookout just below the peak to stay away from the crowd and soak in the view. There is a parking area closer to the peak (Mine Rd) if you want to skip some of the distance. Overall, beautiful hike with gorgeous views. The trail has a little bit of challenge to keep it interesting, but still doable for families with children and dogs!

no shade
rocky
2 hours ago

Very beautiful, scenic trail. I would say this was a moderate hike, we finished in about 3 hours but also made plenty of stops along the way to appreciate the scenery. I could see this being hard or challenging for the elderly or children, as it requires a lot of up hill climbing. Try it counterclockwise, your feet will appreciate it! Definitely worth checking out.

hiking
2 hours ago

Be careful, there’s bears around! Bring bear spray. I smelled and heard one on my hike. Incredible views, fun out and back to a little campsite area essentially. Halfway you connect to a much longer trail.

Great trail. We entered through the Brady Mountain trailhead and went West (it also splits to the east). We spoke with a Trail surveyor before entering and he told us that the West Trail leads to crystal springs but we did not make it that far. This labeled Trail is about 2mi in and is maybe halfway to the springs according to the map. We got to the third overgrown area and the ticks were everywhere so we decided to turn around there as we were not dressed appropriately for ticks. Overall the Trail is gorgeous if you want some forest time. One area where you can see the lake but the view is overgrown at this moment.

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