This is a hike I promise to take every summer from now on. It has been five years since I walked this trail on the way to Eagle River Nature Center. At that time I remember thinking that the first five miles would make the most spectacular hike, then we went on 18 more. That probably won't happen again, but this definitely will...
The climb is pleasantly gradual, both up and down. And the long path across falling water and past sitting mountain goats on the way to a majestic glacier makes it one of the best hikes within an hour of Anchorage.
And the views...
If there is a chance to dip my toes in water or splash my face with the refreshment of a rushing stream, it can't be avoided.