Hiking The Wickersham Creek Trail
The 37th most popular hiking trail in Alaska.
Wednesday 10 August 2016 04:26 GMT
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Wickersham Creek Trail is a 20 mile route. The hiking route has an elevation gain of 1,100 feet to alpine tundra. The trail intersects with Trail Creek Trail and Moose Creek Trail.
The trailhead is located at Milepost 28 of the Elliott Highway.
The Wickersham Creek Trail begins near Wickersham Dome. The trail heads northeast for 2 miles along a ridgeline to an intersection with the Ski Loop Trail. The trail follows on forested ridgeline for another 3.5 miles past a high rocky peak (2,545 feet) before meeting the old "Winter Trail". This rocky peak offers good views of the Alaska Range and the White Mountains. One mile farther down the trail is the junction with the Trail Creek Trail which goes past Lees Cabin (0.75 miles), crosses Beaver Creek and on to the Cache Mountain Cabin. From this trail junction, the Wickersham Creek Trail drops steeply for 2.5 miles before it crosses Wickersham Creek. The trail goes through wooded areas of black spruce and meadows for another three miles before reaching the Wickersham Creek Trail Shelter and the Moose Creek Trail junction.
Overall, Wickersham Creek Trail is the 37th most popular hiking trail of all 54 hikes in Alaska. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Wickersham Creek Trail including Ester Dome Trails, Four Mile Ridge Trail, Upper Fossil Creek Trail, O Brien Creek Trail, Pinnell Mountain Trail and White Mountains Summit TrailLower Fossil Creek Trail.