I have hiked this trail several times and consider it as close to heaven as a wilderness trail can be. If doing this hike, I'd strongly suggest making the entire hike from the Crow Pass trailhead in Girdwood, to the Eagle River Nature Center. It is 26-28 miles, depending on the trail route each year, but is a hike I have done as a ONE day hike, 6 times. I have taken friends who have never hiked more than a mile and I take my miniature Schnauzer as well. You will be sore, tired and no doubt have few blisters, but take a camera, neoprene socks for crossing the river at 15 miles in, plenty of water and enough food for the day and you will always be glad you did it.
I live in the Matanuska Valley here in AK and have climbed most of the surrounding mountains, I am a 47 year old female and never have claimed to be an athelete of any sort. If I can do it, YOU CAN!