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Upper Dewey Lake

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Address: near downtown Skagway, Skagway, AK

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Amazing Hike

A long time the hike is really moody, especially after rain. But in the upper part it's getting better and the view is just amazing. The lake has a really nice color and the whole... read more

Reviewed 13 September 2016
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Reviewed 13 September 2016

A long time the hike is really moody, especially after rain. But in the upper part it's getting better and the view is just amazing. The lake has a really nice color and the whole surroundings are just beautiful.

1 Thank Nicoleri
Bogota, Colombia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 39 helpful votes
Reviewed 10 September 2016 via mobile

Perfect place for hiking, amazing view, natural wild life all over. Don't miss to go in the water. And never ever dare to feed a bear

Thank Ruth V
Gothenburg, Sweden
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 September 2016 via mobile

Great walk with some fantastic views. However, it is one of the steepest hikes I've ever made. My wife went for a swim when we got to the top, but that looked pretty chilly.

Thank JonatanSilvlin
Cincinnati, Ohio
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
Reviewed 25 August 2016

Most people only make it to the lower Dewey Lake, but if you're in shape you can make it to upper Dewey Lake. It took us almost 7 hours to make the roundtrip hike with a family ranging in age from 6 to 69. We took alot of breaks for snacks and water - and you will need lots of... More 

Thank Dancer099
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Reviewed 20 July 2016

Very beautiful views but you would need transportation from the ship to get there. Down dirt road and local homes could use some upgrades. If you miss it you will live, but if you have transportation, certainly worth the few miles to visit.

Thank Jeff H
El Paso, Texas
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Reviewed 10 July 2016

This is a steep hike, but doable if you are in reasonably good shape, my 11 year old boy had a great time and didn't complain at all. We kept going to the Devil's Punchbowl, the views were amazing. There was ample snow along the side of the trail approaching the Punchbowl, but we were all comfortable in shorts and... More 

1 Thank Michael P
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Reviewed 10 July 2016 via mobile

Most incredible thing we did in Alaska all week. There aren't any words to describe how beautiful Upper Dewey Lake is. It's a 2.0+ mile intense climb but it's worth it. Bring a walking stick or borrow one of the ones left at the trailhead by previous climbers. Wear appropriate hiking gear and be sure to pack plenty of water... More 

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Calgary, Canada
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Reviewed 27 June 2016

It was a good workout but worth the effort. Some parts were tough and challenging. Hiking boots and poles helped. Beautiful lake, peaceful, lovely scenery. Good for the nature lovers. Bring water!

Thank seetheworld2014
Phoenix, Arizona
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Reviewed 19 June 2016

Holy cow. This was my favorite part of our Alaska Cruise. Getting to this hike from the Cruise doc was easy. We stopped in town at the Visitors Center to grab a map and that was pretty helpful - but the rangers told us how to get to the trail head. It's off 2nd street and you follow signs for... More 

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Reviewed 30 May 2016 via mobile

I did this walk 3 times in 2006 and today I did it again, it's the shoulder of the season so there is plenty of snow at the top along with a frozen lake, what I like about this walk is not many people do it they turnaround and go back because it's simply too hard for the regular joe.... More 

1 Thank Miike2000

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