Located in the US, the hiking in Alaska offers over thirty trail routes from which to choose. The best Alaska hiking based on popularity are considered to be Ester Dome Trails, Mount Eielson Loop, Hilltop Trails, Klondike Gold Rush National Park, and Tony Knowles Coastal Trail. For a detailed trail description and printable trailhead map, just select a Alaska hiking trail below.
Northwest of Fairbanks and north of Ester, the Ester Dome area has a nice hiking trail network worth exploring. A great starting point for hiking Ester Dome Trails is just northwest of Ester.
In Klondike Gold Rush National Park, the Chilcoot Trail is a famous bear and misquito-infested route from Dyea (near Skagway) to Lake Bennet (Yukon). It is a 33 mile one-way trek over Chilkoot Pass through stunning wilderness. The route is limited via permits to 50 hikers a day.
On the Kenai Peninsula, the Russian Lakes Trail is a 21 mile multi-use route. There are overlooks of Russian River, panoramic views of mountains. There is easy hiking for family outing and potential multi-day trips using designated campsites at Lower/Upper Russian Lakes or Barber, Aspen Flats, or Upper Russian Lake Cabins.
In the Aleutian Islands on Akutan Island, theres a great 10 mile hiking trek up the volcanic Mount Akutan (4,275 feet). Keep an eye out for the many nice hot springs along the way.
South of Anchorage and north of Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula, the 10 mile Devils Pass trail is a local favorite with sightings of bear, moose and sheep. The first four miles have steep, uphill grades, which are followed by a slight decline after pass. It is well maintained, though it may be wet/muddy in places.
South of Anchorage and north of Cooper Landing on the Kenai Peninsula, the Resurrection Pass Trail System runs 38 miles and connnects the towns of Hope & Cooper Landing. The main trail is easy to moderate and the side trails are moderate to strenuous. The trailhead is located 85 miles from Anchorage.
South of Glennallen, the 25 mile Klutina Lake Trail is a scenic multi-purpose route shared with mountain bikers, horseback riders and ATV's. The route runs from the Richardson Highway at MP 23.5 to Klutina Lake along the Klutina River. The Klutina Lake Trail is a 25 foot wide easement for travel across private Ahtna land to reach public land. The trail is from Richardson Highway to Klutina Lake. There is no camping permited.
Northeast of Anchorage and Eagle River, the Eklutna Lakeside Trail is a 12.7 mile one-way route to the Eklutna Glacier with a 300 feet elevation gain. It runs along an abandoned roadbed. The trail follows the lakeshore for 7 miles, then onto glacial gravel bars. The last mile is footpath through glacial debris. There are wonderful views of steep canyon walls, waterfalls and Eklutna Glacier. Along the way, you may encounter wildlife such as Dall sheep, mountain goats and pikas.
South of Anchorage on the Kenai Peninsula, a combination of the Lost Lake Trail (7.6 mi./2000' climb) with the Primrose Trail (8 mi./2000' descent) makes for a great adventure through lush arctic plateaus with vistas of glacial mountain tops. The hike starts off Sewards Highway with a climb up Lost Lake Trail through dense Alaskan Rain Forest. As the forest breaks, there are magnificent views of the Resurrection Peaks and nearby waterfalls.
Northeast of Anchorage and Eagle River, the Twin Peaks Trail is a 3.2 mile one-way trek with scenic views and wildlife. It has 1,500 feet of elevation gain. The area is popular for berry picking in the late summer.