Hiking The Gates Of The Arctic National Park

The 21st most popular hiking trail in Alaska.

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Far north of Fairbanks off the Dalton Highway (SR11) near Coldfoot, the 8.5 million acre Gates Of The Arctic National Park is a roadless-trailless expanse of Alaskan wilderness. With no marked trails, orientation skills are a must -- be ready for Arctic river crossings, too! Still game? This is also grizzly country and the misquitos are fierce. Roads are treacherous so bring TWO spares.

A relatively short hike from Coldfoot is up the beautiful Glacier River valley to a vista of the main Gates peaks. Another nice trek is up calm Noatek River for amazing vistas and great wildlife viewing. The river passes the granite spires of Arrigetch Peaks.

There are some social trails, with access off the Trans Alaska Pipeline Haul Road (a.k.a. Dalton Highway). Gates of the Arctic does not promote these for obvious reasons, but they are obvious down river valleys.

Overall, Gates Of The Arctic National Park is the 21st most popular hiking trail of all 54 hikes in Alaska. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Gates Of The Arctic National Park including Lake Narvak and Arrigetech Peak.

Gates Of The Arctic National Park Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  GANP (907) 456-0281 or 456-5752; Arctic Treks (907) 455-6502; Alaska Tourism (907) 465-2010; The Maps Place, Anchorage (907) 563-6277.

Recommended Book:  "Alaska Hiking Adventures" from Dean Littlepage

Best Season:  Jun. - Jul.

Average Difficulty:  Difficult

Base Camp:  Beattles Lodge (907) 692-5111

Luxury Loding:  Lodge At Black Rapids, Fairbanks

Breakfast Restaurant:  Coldfoot Services

Reference Source:  click here http://www.nps.gov/gaar/

GPS:  67.652, -153.259

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  7/18/2016

ID:  11084

Gates Of The Arctic National Park Hiking Map


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