Featured HIKING TRAILS
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.
Northeast of Anchorage and Eagle River, the Bold Ridge Trail is a 3.5 mile one-way trek with a 2,500 feet elevation gain. The route offers scenic views of Bold Peak and the Eklutna Lake below. It is accessible from Mile 5 of the Eklutna Lakeside Trail.
Northeast of Anchorage and Eagle River, the Peters Creek Trail is a 5 mile one-way trek with scenic views. After the first five miles, an unmarked, unmaintained trail continues 11 miles to the treeline and open tundra, so be sure to bring a map and compass as the trail can be lost easily. The old roadbed has steep, muddy sections with unbridged stream crossings.
East of Anchorage from the Prospect Height Trailhead, the Wolverine Peak Trail is a 5.2 mile one-way hiking trek to the summit with an elevation gain of 3,380 feet. There are scenic views of the Alaska Range and Cook Inlet. The trail is accessible from Mile 2 of the Near Point Trail which starts at the Prospect Height Trailhead.
East of Anchorage from the Prospect Height Trailhead, the Middle Fork to Williwaw Lakes route is a 6.5 mile one-way trek to the largest lake in the area. The hiking route has 1,600 feet of elevation gain. There are scenic views of Mt Williwaw and mountain hemlock groves. The trail is accessible from Mile 1.3 of the Near Point Trail from the Prospect Heights Trailhead.
East of Anchorage from the Glen Alps Trailhead, the Glen Alps To Williwaw Lakes route is a 6 mile one-way hiking trek with scenic views of Mt Williwaw and mountain hemlock groves. The trail is accessible from Mile 0.75 of the Powerline Trail from the Glen Alps Trailhead.
East of Anchorage from the Glen Alps Trailhead, the Powerline Trail runs 11 miles southeast to the town of Indian with 1,300 feet of elevation gain. Along the Powerline Trail, there are mountain hemlock groves and open tundra.
Southeast of Anchorage and Indian, the Bird Creek Valley Trail follows the creek for 5.5 miles one-way up toward Bird Pass. The route passes large trees along the way. An interesting multiple day trip can be done by going west in the Ship Creek drainage and returning over Indian Creek Pass.
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Upper Fossil Creek Trail is a 14 mile. It follows Fossil Creek to Cache Mountain Divide. At the top, the trail connects with the O'Brien Trail.
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the O'Brien Creek Trail is a 19 mile hiking route. It has a 1,700 feet elevation gain. A good starting point is the McKay Creek Trailhead located at milepost 42.
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains, the Pinnell Mountain National Recreation Trail is a 27 mile route. The hiking route traverses artic tundra and high alpine ridges with outstanding vistas.
West of Paxson, the McLaren River Trail is a beautiful hiking route up to a scenic glacier. This trail departs the Denali Highway approximately one mile west of the McLaren River Bridge. The first four miles of the trail are a wide, well-established trail. At mile 4 the trail crosses the west fork of the McLaren River. Depending upon river conditions the trail may be impassable. The trail continues almost all the way to the McLaren Glacier. At mile 9 the trail also branches off to the south west and continues 22 miles past the Clearwater Trail and onto the Valdez Creek/ Windy Creek trails.
East of Cantwell, the Butte Creek Trail is scenic hiking route. The trail is well defined for the first twelve miles and gradually becomes less distinct. However, there has been increasing use in the area that has been pushing the established trail farther back.
On the Kenai Peninsula, the Cresent Lake Trail is a 6 mile multi-use hiking route. The trail follows Crescent creek gradually upward through birch-aspen forests. It climbs over a low ridge and drops into scenic Crescent Creek Canyon. Trail alternates between open meadows with many wildflowers, and forested areas. Crescent Lake lies just below treeline.
On the Kenai Peninsula, the Gull Rock Trail is a 5 mile route. This route is is suitable for family outings and day hiking. The hiker may see evidence of an old wagon train road this trail follows. Ruins of an old sawmill site and remains of a cabin and stable can be seen from Johnson Creek.
Near Yakutat in the Tongass National Forest, the Gulf Of Alaska Trail is a scenic 10 mile trail along the coast that offers sightseeing for whales. The trail runs the coast from Ocean Cape to Loast River. The hiking route runs through the sandy beach and uplifted sand dunes.
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Colorado Creek Trail is a 23 mile hiking route. The Colorado Creek Trail begins at the Tolovana River bridge at milepost 57 on the Elliott Highway. It follows the Duncan Creek drainage eastward approximately 13 trail miles to the boundary of the White Mountains National Recreation Area. This part of the trail goes through areas of open meadows, mixed with spruce and birch trees.
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Quartz Creek Trail is a 16 mile route. The hiking trail passes through high alpine hillsides and crosses several creeks, but keep in mind that it can be rocky and muddy.
Northeast of Fairbanks in the White Mountains National Recreation Area, the Trail Creek Trail is a 27 mile rolling route that ascends a total of 1,000 feet. It intersects with the Moose Creek Trail and the O'Brien Trail. The best place to start is the Wickersham Creek trailhead.
Near Seward, there is a primative and unmaintained 2 mile one-way trail running up the west side of Mount Marathon. This is a challenging day hike with 3,000 feet of climbing but has a great vista over Resurrection Bay.