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Upper Dewey Lake

near downtown Skagway, Skagway, AK
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Ranked #8 of 20 Attractions in Skagway
Type: Hiking Trails, Outdoors
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Springfield, Illinois
3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

The hike up to Upper Dewey Lake was very strenuous; took 50ish couple about 3 hours (not many breaks though). There are a few picnic tables at the lake, along with an outhouse beside the rental cabin. The sights at the lake were impressive (photo here does not do it justice), but one must hike another 1/4 mile to the... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 6, 2014

Absolutely beautiful hike with a cute cabin available for rent at the top. The view from the top is breath taking, but it's quite a hike! Legs are definitely a little wobbly the day after.

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Victoria, Canada
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30 reviews 30 reviews
9 attraction reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014

Your reward for a steady hike up the steep trail is a superb view of a reflecting lake surrounded by snow topped mountain peaks. We set off at 10:10am an arrived at the top at 12:50pm, slowed by a twisted knee from one of the group. Lots of breaks on the way up to photograph the waterfalls and views. If... More

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Hayward, California
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251 reviews 251 reviews
64 attraction reviews
67 helpful votes 67 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

Since we only had the one day, we choose this hike. We made sure we brought along hiking boots suited for wet and dry landscapes. One mile in the hike, my niece asked for a break. Geez, we just got started. The younger generation. After several breaks and taking it slow, we made it to the one of the most... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

This trail seems to be never ending, but when you reach the lake you will be rewarded with stunning views. Our favourite one day hiking trail in Skagway. If you want to stay overnight you can rent the cabin at the lake, few tent sites are available too.

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Lake Tapps, Wa
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2014 via mobile

The views of this hike were stunning! It's a bit strenuous for a "average" hiker like myself. But I did it! I went slow & it was WELL worth it. Boy was it gorgeous!! Would totally recommend it :)

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Whitehorse, Canada
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33 reviews 33 reviews
14 attraction reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2013

A very steep climb for the sportive people, Upper Dewey trail is a excellent way to loose extra pound from the cruiseship time. A mix of beautiful rain forest mix with costal boreal flora. Possible to do with good snow shoes and poles early winter.

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Toronto, Canada
11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2013

Upper and lower Dewey lake offer splendid views of the hills *if* you can handle a strenuous hike. Getting up the hill from Skagway is only half the battle. The trail is very steep and lots of rocks and curves. Lower Dewey lake's south shore is an easy hike with a clear trail but the north side trail is practically... More

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Atlanta, Georgia
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10 reviews 10 reviews
9 attraction reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2013

This was the best part of our vacation for my husband. We wore our hiking shoes and packed a light lunch and water. We hiked all the way up to Upper Dewey Lake and then to Devil's Punch Bowl. It was very strenuous with many switchbacks and steep inclines. However, the views were totally worth it! The hike takes you... More

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Orlando, Florida
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4 attraction reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2013

Completing the climb up to Upper Dewey Lake took some time, but it was definitely worth it. Round trip was about 5 hours with plenty of breaks for photos and nutrition. The trail is relatively steep, rocky, and rooty. Go prepared with plenty of water, food, and footwear that protects against sharp objects on the ground. You pretty much can't... More

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