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Upper Dewey Lake

near downtown Skagway, Skagway, AK
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Ranked #10 of 18 attractions in Skagway
Type: Hiking Trails
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Lake Tapps, Wa
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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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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
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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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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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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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Toronto, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 11, 2013

I have been up this trail on several occasions, and I highly recommend it. It is challenging, and takes time, especially if you're not physically fit. (I brought a friend with me that cursed the whole way up) The lake is so calm and serene, there are little creeks and beautiful scenery. I even saw a bear across the lake... More

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Sterling, Utah
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 11, 2012

Skagway is a cute little town, but not much to do. We had all ready taken the train from Anchorage to Whittier, so we were not interested in taking that again. (We did love the train) We walked into the Forest Service office, and they gave us a map of hikes we could take. We hiked up to Upper Dewey... More

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Jackson, Wyoming
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2012

The trailhead is conveniently located next to the White Pas railway depot. The initial climb is reasonable to Lower Dewey Lake. Reviewing a map is highly recommended as the trail splits a couple times and there are more options that anticipated. The section of trail from Lower Dewy to Upper Dewey Lake is steep and continuous with 2.5 miles of... More

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Porters Lake, Canada
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58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2012

We visited Skagway on June 10/12 from a cruise ship. Sounded like a great place for a hike. Unfortunately, I didn't realize that part of the trail would still be very snow covered, apparently until August. The first mile was a fairly easy walk to Lower Dewey Lake, even with the climb. It soon became very wet, and for around... More

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Rising Sun, Maryland
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2012

The trail for the Upper and lower lake starts right in the town of Skagway. It's all uphill for a long hike, but the two lakes are well worth the trip! Take plenty of water and a snack.

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