Hiking The Turnagain Arm Trail

The 32nd most popular hiking trail in Alaska.

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Southeast of Anchorage from the Potter Trailhead, the Turnagain Arm Trail is a 9.4 mile one-way route to the McHugh Creek Trailhead. There are scenic views of Turnagain Arm.

To reach the Potter Trailhead from Anchorage, head southeast on the Seward Highway to Mile 115.

There are 4 trailheads along the Seward Hwy for the Turnagain Arm Trail, Potter Creek at mile 115, McHugh Creek at mile 112, Rainbow at mile 108, and Windy Corner at mile 106. The hiking trail is a total of 9.4 miles one-way: Potter to McHugh 3.3 mi, McHugh to Rainbow 4.2 mi, and Rainbow to Windy Corner 1.9 mi. The trail parallels the highway and railroad below, following the support route created during building of the Alaska Railroad in the 1910s.

Overall, Turnagain Arm Trail is the 32nd most popular hiking trail of all 54 hikes in Alaska. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Turnagain Arm Trail including Tony Knowles Coastal Trail, Hilltop Trails, Kincaid Park, Crow Pass / Iditarod Trail, Eklutna Lakeside Trail and Twin Peaks TrailBold Ridge Trail.

Turnagain Arm Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  CSP (907) 733-2675; Alaska Tourism (907) 465-2010.

Recommended Book:  "Alaska Hiking Adventures" from Dean Littlepage

Best Season:  May - Sep.

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Luxury Loding:  Historic Anchorage Hotel, Anchorage; Winterlake Lodge, Anchorage

Reference Source:  click here http://dnr.alaska.gov/parks/

GPS:  61.0518, -149.7963

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  6/26/2016

ID:  14357

Turnagain Arm Trail Hiking Map


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