Winner Creek Trail

OutAndBack • 5 mi • 400 ft

If you’d like a break from the hill climbs and high tundra typical of Chugach State Park, head to the Winner Creek Trail. Here, in the perpetual twilight of the boreal rain forest, a gentle trail winds through hulking, moss-coated spruce trees on the way to Winner Creek Gorge—a dramatic, churning cauldron of glacial meltwater. Though at times muddy and slippery, the trail is suitable for hikers of all abilities.
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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Girdwood
Length: 5 total miles
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy; established trail
Duration: 2 to 3 hours
Season: Best in the summer months
Top Elevation: 600 feet
Local Contacts: Chugach State Park
Local Maps: USGS Seward D-6
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