55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska
by Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe Jr. (The Mountaineers Books)
© Helen D. Nienhueser & John Wolfe Jr./The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.
This is a gem of a trail and a local favorite. The trail starts on some wood planking before heading uphill for about five minutes of walking. From there on out the trail has gentle grading that shouldn't be a problem for just about all ages and abilities. Like much of Eagle River, there often brown and black bears in this valley, so I would recommend your choice of bear bells, gun, pepper spray, etc. For the same reason it's recommended that you keep dogs on their leash. One of the highlights to this trail are the wonderful views as you climb one side of the valley wall, overlooking the rest of the valley. At about the one mile mark you'll pass the last of the homes built in the valley. From there it's just you and nature. To note, by the end of July 2011 they are in the process of altering the route to Eagle Lake.
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