The Best Trails in Alaska (United States)

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  • Chilkoot Trail

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    near Skagway, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    31.25mi
    Elevation +
    5144f
    TrailRank
    72| Rating 4.33
    Photo of Chilkoot Trail Photo of Chilkoot Trail Photo of Chilkoot Trail

    A 53km trek which follows the route challenged by stampeders during the Klondike Gold Rush of the 1890's. An outback adventure now jointly controlled by Parks Canada - Chilkoot Trail National Historic Site and U.S. Klond...

    We walked that trail in June 2008. Snow and ice were still present in quantities on the pass and on the Canadian side of...
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  • Denali NP Igloo Mountain

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    near Lagoon, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    3.22mi
    Elevation +
    1493f
    TrailRank
    39
    Photo of Denali NP Igloo Mountain Photo of Denali NP Igloo Mountain Photo of Denali NP Igloo Mountain

    Beautiful off-trail hike in Denali tundra. To start and finish the hike you have to cross a creek. Bring extra socks. This was a Discovery hike, an amazing guided ranger program of the National Park Service. Each day the...

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  • Mt Alice trail

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    near The Lagoon, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    4.33mi
    Elevation +
    1686f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Mt Alice trail Photo of Mt Alice trail Photo of Mt Alice trail

    One of the most spectacular trail in Seward. It is 3.5 hour long (go and return back) Amazing view on all Glacier, Entire Seward gulf, with forrest and eagles flying around your path! Note you don't arrive on Mt Alice...

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  • Kenai NP Harding Icefield

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    near Bear Creek, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    9.15mi
    Elevation +
    3369f
    TrailRank
    37
    Photo of Kenai NP Harding Icefield Photo of Kenai NP Harding Icefield Photo of Kenai NP Harding Icefield

    Incredible hike to harding icefield from which a lot of icebergs of the Kenai Peninsula start. Even in a horrible day (it was raining the whole day) it is amazing. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes and be prepared for c...

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  • Mendenhall Glacier

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    near Mendenhaven, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    5.88mi
    Elevation +
    958f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Mendenhall Glacier Photo of Mendenhall Glacier Photo of Mendenhall Glacier

    This was one of my most memorable hikes. It was a true privilege to walk on a Glacier. Although this glacier is rapidly receding, it still looked huge to me. And the Glacier was so spectacular! If you have plenty of time...

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  • Wrangell St Elias NP Root Glacier

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    near Kennicott, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    6.66mi
    Elevation +
    807f
    TrailRank
    36
    Photo of Wrangell St Elias NP Root Glacier Photo of Wrangell St Elias NP Root Glacier Photo of Wrangell St Elias NP Root Glacier

    Great hike from Kennecott, crossing through all the historic buildings, to Root Glacier. There is another trail to a Glacier View, but this one goes to the base of the glacier and allows you to hike over it if you have c...

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  • Bird Ridge Complete

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    near Indian, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    5.55mi
    Elevation +
    3346f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Bird Ridge Complete Photo of Bird Ridge Complete Photo of Bird Ridge Complete

    2.8 Miles each way - very steep ascent for the first 1.5 Miles, easing a bit above the tree line. As of early June still some snow above 2000 feet elevation, but you can skirt the snow patches with some small deviations....

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  • Wolverine's peak

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    near Basher, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    4.58mi
    Elevation +
    3612f
    TrailRank
    35
    Photo of Wolverine's peak Photo of Wolverine's peak Photo of Wolverine's peak

    Wolverine's peak is a round trip of 14 kilometers, 1 km up and 1 km down on the way down thus requires hikers to be slightly in good condition. The way back was much quicker than the way up, so in total I spent about 5 h...

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  • Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Anchorage

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    Road Bike
    near Anchorage, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    24.58mi
    Elevation +
    627f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Anchorage Photo of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Anchorage Photo of Tony Knowles Coastal Trail Anchorage

    One of the most scenic cycling trails I have done. It takes you from Downtown Anchorage to Kincaid Park. You can go back the same way, or make a detour and ride around the International Airport and through a small airpor...

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  • Bear viewing Katmai

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    near Napaimute (historical), Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    3.80mi
    Elevation +
    272f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Bear viewing Katmai Photo of Bear viewing Katmai Photo of Bear viewing Katmai

    Today we take a floatplane from Homer to Katmai. There are 10 people on the plane and the pilot is also the guide. We passsomething for the Katmai volcanic island Augustine. Then we flyto Lake Mirror and then landing in ...

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  • Hikingtrail Bonanza mine

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    near McCarthy, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    20.11mi
    Elevation +
    4485f
    TrailRank
    34
    Photo of Hikingtrail Bonanza mine Photo of Hikingtrail Bonanza mine Photo of Hikingtrail Bonanza mine

    Today we drive to the bridge of McCarthy. There we take the bus to Kennicott. We stop at the end of Kennicott and walk to the visitor center. They will tell us more about the hike to the bonanzamine. It is a day walk ...

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  • near Seward, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    4.18mi
    Elevation +
    2756f
    TrailRank
    32
    Photo of Seward: Mt. Marathon - Steeper way up Photo of Seward: Mt. Marathon - Steeper way up Photo of Seward: Mt. Marathon - Steeper way up

    This is a beautiful yet challenging hike to the top of the Race Point of Mt. Marathon. This trail Follows the jeep trail on the way up, then the hiking trail and comes back down from the race trail. The use of gaiters on...

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  • Lower Lake

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    near Skagway, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    3.46mi
    Elevation +
    617f
    TrailRank
    32| Rating 5.0
    Photo of Lower Lake Photo of Lower Lake Photo of Lower Lake

    Starting near Congress Way, we took a little trail that was aside a river full of salmons, then we crossed a little bridge and the train rails. We got to the trail that starts getting up quickly and keep in the trail tha...

    My favorite trail. Long enough for a workout, short enough to be able to do it everyday.
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  • near Mendenhaven, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    3.78mi
    Elevation +
    1227f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Medenhall glacier east trail (Juneau, Alaska) Photo of Medenhall glacier east trail (Juneau, Alaska) Photo of Medenhall glacier east trail (Juneau, Alaska)

    This trail will change your life forever. Not for the best view over the glacier but for the great forest you walk into. Two hours to complete, it was raining when we where there so we got this extra adventure bit... try...

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  • Juneau: Mt. Roberts Peak

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    near Tsantikihin (historical), Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    7.77mi
    Elevation +
    3159f
    TrailRank
    31
    Photo of Juneau: Mt. Roberts Peak Photo of Juneau: Mt. Roberts Peak Photo of Juneau: Mt. Roberts Peak

    Mt.Robert's Peak from the tram station in Juneau. Take the tram ride up and begin at the top. Follow the trail and the signs until Mt. Robert's Peak.

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  • Radio Control Tower

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Petersville, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    3.90mi
    Elevation +
    1562f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Radio Control Tower Photo of Radio Control Tower Photo of Radio Control Tower

    We started on our camp site and started walking through the glacier to Radio Control Tower. We started climbing by the northern slop until we reached the ridge. We continued by the ridge until the summit, some times the ...

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  • Skagway: AB Mountain

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    near Skagway, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    12.25mi
    Elevation +
    4764f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Skagway: AB Mountain Photo of Skagway: AB Mountain Photo of Skagway: AB Mountain

    This is a beautiful hike yet quite challenging due to its way up, which is constantly steep with no rests. At the top you will be rewarded with beautiful views. Unfortunately we didn't reach the top as we didn't have en...

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  • near Seward, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    4.64mi
    Elevation +
    2779f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Seward: Mt. Marathon - Easier way up Photo of Seward: Mt. Marathon - Easier way up Photo of Seward: Mt. Marathon - Easier way up

    This is a beautiful yet challenging hike to the top of the Race Point of Mt. Marathon. This trail Follows the jeep trail on the way up, then the hiking trail and comes back down from the race trail. The use of gaiters on...

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  • 2021-07-04 South Pioneer Peak

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    near Knik River, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    12.65mi
    Elevation +
    6818f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of 2021-07-04 South Pioneer Peak Photo of 2021-07-04 South Pioneer Peak Photo of 2021-07-04 South Pioneer Peak

    A grueling day hike to the mountain that soared magnificently above the southern shore of Kink Arm, that concluded with YDS class 3 scrambling and towering views. Trail was well marked with distance markers all the way ...

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  • Catears

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    Alpine Climbing
    near Petersville, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    7.48mi
    Elevation +
    2297f
    TrailRank
    30
    Photo of Catears Photo of Catears Photo of Catears

    From base camp we descended by the glacier to main Kahilna Glacier and turned south, there were a lot of crevasses at our left side. We continued until we reached the main slope to Catears. We started climbing, the firs...

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  • Rabbit Lake Trail

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    near Knik Heights, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    4.53mi
    Elevation +
    1352f
    TrailRank
    29
    Photo of Rabbit Lake Trail Photo of Rabbit Lake Trail Photo of Rabbit Lake Trail

    Easy to moderate hike. Can be windy. Good camping at lake side but very open, not many trees to shelter behind. Some trout in the lake if you care to bring your fly rod along !

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  • near Mendenhaven, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    6.94mi
    Elevation +
    942f
    TrailRank
    29
    Photo of 2021-07-07 Mendenhall Glacier and Ice Cave Photo of 2021-07-07 Mendenhall Glacier and Ice Cave Photo of 2021-07-07 Mendenhall Glacier and Ice Cave

    Trail to Mendenhall Glacier and Ice Cave. Location of ice cave and glacier access could change from season to season and should serve only as reference. The first half of the recording was on "West Glacier Trail", whic...

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  • 2020-08-29 Lazy Mountain

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    near Lazy Mountain, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    5.87mi
    Elevation +
    2986f
    TrailRank
    29
    Photo of 2020-08-29 Lazy Mountain Photo of 2020-08-29 Lazy Mountain Photo of 2020-08-29 Lazy Mountain

    A decent half-day workout. Before the junction, the northern "lazy mountain trail" is rather steep, the southern "lazy moose trail" is twice as long but somewhat too smooth. Mostly exposure after the junction. Click the...

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  • Skagway: Laughton Glacier

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    near Dyea, Alaska (United States)
    Distance
    7.50mi
    Elevation +
    1398f
    TrailRank
    29
    Photo of Skagway: Laughton Glacier Photo of Skagway: Laughton Glacier Photo of Skagway: Laughton Glacier

    This is an easy and extremely beautiful hike that will take you to the face of a glacier coming down like a frozen cascade through the mountain range. To do this hike you will need to take the White Pass & Yukon Route t...

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