Hiking The Lower Fossil Creek Trail

The 52nd most popular hiking trail in Alaska.

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Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Lower Fossil Creek Trail is a 23 mile route. This winter trail crosses two lakes in the first seven miles.

The hiking trailhead is located at milepost 28 of the Elliott Highway (aka Wickersham Creek trailhead).

To reach the Fossil Creek trail, head northeast on the Wickersham trail to its northern end at Borealis-LeFevre Cabin. The Lower Fossil Creek trail starts at the cabin and continues northeast through a broad, open valley and Black Spruce forests for the first 6 miles. The Upper Fossil Creek Trail continues to climb for 0.5 miles before dropping in to the Fossil Creek drainage. The Fossil Creek Trail continues to follow the Fossil Creek drainage for another 12 miles. The trail goes past jagged limestone cliffs and through White Spruce forests before reaching the Windy Gap Cabin and connecting with the Cache Mountain Loop Trail.

Overall, Lower Fossil Creek Trail is the 52nd most popular hiking trail of all 54 hikes in Alaska. Several of the better hiking trails are nearby Lower Fossil Creek Trail including Ester Dome Trails, Four Mile Ridge Trail, Upper Fossil Creek Trail, Wickersham Creek Trail, Pinnell Mountain Trail and White Mountains Summit TrailO Brien Creek Trail.

Lower Fossil Creek Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  BLM (907) 474-2200; Alaska Tourism (907) 465-2010

Recommended Book:  "Alaska Hiking Adventures" from Dean Littlepage

Best Season:  Dec. - Jan.

Base Camp:  NFS Ophir Creek Campground; NFS Cripple Creek Campground; NFS Mount Prindle Campground

Luxury Loding:  Chena Hot Springs Resort (907) 452-7867; Lodge At Black Rapids, Fairbanks

Reference Source:  click here https://www.blm.gov/alaska

GPS:  65.1795, -148.0739

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  7/10/2016

ID:  18617

Lower Fossil Creek Trail Hiking Map


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