Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures
by Mollie Foster (Falcon Guides)
© 2017 Mollie Foster/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
The trail it self is not that special but the glacier late at the end is amazing
I did a four night backpack in this area. After kayaking with a group, I was dropped off at the Saddle trailhead in the afternoon. I camped at Grewingk Glacier Lake that afternoon, at the end of the Glacier Trail near Tarn Lake the next night, at the Humpy Creek trailhead the third night, and at the Glacier Spit trailhead the fourth night. I was picked up there the next morning.
I didn't rate the trail because it is just too subjective in an area like this. I tried to go to Emerald Lake but there were just too many downed trees for me. The trail had been cleared to the Grewingk Creek tram (which I did solo), but passed that there were some trees.
Of the four campsites, only the last is not recommended. It really was a lousy place for camping. There is a better place nearby at Rusty's Lagoon, but that trail was also in real bad shape. I had to go there to get fresh water, but I went without my pack.
A lot of the trails are flat gravel in alder or stunted forest. There are some sections across ridges through thicker, though still scrubby, forests.
This place is a good taste of Alaska. Much more accessible than the big national parks and with trails to use. But you will have more freedom to roam if all the trails are cleared. The gravel flats are easy cross-country, but the forests are far too dense most of the time.
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