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Upper Dewey Lake, AK
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Upper Dewey Lake, AK 
Upper Dewey Lake, AK
 
Hiking avatar Aug 17 2016
writelots
Hiking7.14 Miles 3,544 AEG
Hiking7.14 Miles   6 Hrs      1.19 mph
3,544 ft AEG
 
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Our second stop in Alaska was Skagway. For me, it was a bit of nostalgia...I'd spent part of a summer in Skagway back in 1995. Then, I'd been young, poor and only able to pay for my Alaska adventure by working in one of the local hotels. Those jobs typically push you 60+ hours per week, so you're left with little time to see the countryside. And most of your pay comes at the END of the season, so you don't have much money to play with while you're there. So returning as a vacationing adult with spending money and all day to play was certainly a pleasure.

I remembered fondly the hike up to Upper Dewey Lake from my first visit. I recalled it as a steep climb through the rainforest to a frozen mountain lake. My memory was pretty much dead on, except that this time it was late enough in the year that the lake was not frozen, but one of those beautiful blue glacial lakes you find in these parts.

The lower part of the trail, which takes you to Lower Dewey Lake, was fairly busy with folks off of the cruise ships. The trailhead is within only a few blocks of the dock, so its a popular outing. However, once we got past the first lake, the traffic dwindled to just a few hearty folks. As we climbed up above Upper Dewey a ways, we left them all behind and had some amazing views of the Lynn Canal below and that crystal blue lake.

There were some trail building techniques at work that I'd never seen before, including literally cutting steps out of solid stone. These steps are less about climbing then they are about traction on slick rock...since it is a rain forest, things here are always slippery. I found the technique to be rather invasive, but intriguing in its tenacity. I suspect from several large bags of gravel that had been dropped by helicopter that there are some large maintenance events planned for the upper portions of the trail. Must be some happy budgets there to be able to afford air-drops of gravel. Of course, there isn't much dirt available unless you want to use forest litter.

Overall a great hike and the perfect way to spend the day in Skagway, just like it was 20 years ago.
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