Saturday, April 6, 2019

Lower Eagle River Trail to Barbara Falls - April 2019 Update

Barbara Falls
Recently hiked the Lower Eagle River Trail to Barbara Falls. There is still quite a bit of snow and ice on the trail in combination with mud where the trail has thawed. We used ice cleats in some areas where the ice was still hard.

The Southfork is mostly thawed and there is an ice/snow bridge at the tree (below) so you can easily cross the Southfork to continue on to Barbara Falls right now. Not sure how long that will last, but the Southfork is low so when the ice/snow bridge melts you may be able to wade the Southfork if you want to continue on the trail to Barbara Falls. Due to the warmer than usual temperatures this spring, I expect trail conditions will change rapidly Be prepared for lots of mud when the ice and snow melt.

Crossing the Southfork over the snow bridge at the fallen tree.

For more information on this hike, driving directions etc., see an earlier post "Lower Eagle River Trail" on this blog under Alaska Hikes. Also see Alaska Llamas on Facebook.