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Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures
by Mollie Foster (Falcon Guides)
© 2017 Mollie Foster/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
We hiked the 2.3 miles to the falls and back to the trailhead. Nice wide gravel path. If no rain, shorts and tennis shoes are fine. Dogs with bear bells worked for us, but be prepared for the surprise bicyclist as this is a family friendly trail. Great view of the falls and salmon run. Very little elevation change and no pot-holes. We didn't see any bears, but lots of warnings about them. We took bear bells and a sidearm. Great little trail.
nice wide gravel trail for the first portion, beautiful lakes, cabins are a must if possible
This is a well-worn and easy to follow trail - something rather rare for Alaska - through spectacular back country wilderness. There is little elevation gain here so the hike is rather easy. Plan on using designated tent sites, as the terrain makes it difficult to find suitable spots - we spent our first night pitched on a small bank of smooth stones near a creek. YES, there are brown bears here! We encountered a brown on the edge of the Upper Russian lake at 20 ft; be prepared - bear vaults are a must!
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