Hiking Alaska A Guide to Alaskaand39;s Greatest Hiking Adventures  by Mollie Foster

Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures Guide Book

by Mollie Foster (Falcon Guides)
Hiking Alaska A Guide to Alaskaand39;s Greatest Hiking Adventures  by Mollie Foster
Fully updated and revised, this guide is the perfect introduction to hiking the great state of Alaska, with millions of acres of wilderness waiting to be explored. It features one hundred hikes in Alaska's national parks, wildlife refuges, national forests, wilderness areas, and state parks. Also included are hikes for all ages and abilities as well as maps for each hike and full-color color photos.

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Trails from the "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures" Guide Book
Displaying trails 20 of 100.

Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 100.

A rough, challenging trail traveling through forest, ending at a cabin, with views of a glacial lake and Eagle Glacier. A forest hike with ups and downs, the trail to Eagle Lake ends with a suddenly opening out on a grand view of Eagle Lake, the wild peaks and waterfalls above it, and Eagle Glacier as it twists its way down the canyon at the head of the lake. Also known as the Eagle Lake Trail, the hike follows the route of what was once a horse tramway and trail leading to the now-vanished mining settlement of Amalga, which had its heyday from about 1905 to 1927.
Juneau, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 5.6
A trail winding through aspen, spruce, and granite outcrops, with options for a longer traverse to Chena Hot Springs. The granite Angel Rocks shoot up out of the forest on the hillside above the Chena River, offering plenty of cracks and crevices to explore and good views to enjoy. The area around the rocks is a pleasant scene of granite, aspen, and spruce. It’s a steep, somewhat rough trail, but this is a much easier hike to see a tor landscape than the hike to the Granite Tors. Keep an eye on the kids, though; there are some steep drops here, and the trail that loops through the rocks and back down to the river is steep and rough. For a longer hike, try the traverse to Chena Hot Springs across the 2,800-foot alpine ridge east of Angel Rocks.
Fairbanks, AK - Hiking,Horseback Riding - Trail Length: 1.7-8.3 miles
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A trail traveling by meadows, on boardwalks, leading to a cabin with spectacular 360-degree views of the water and mountains surrounding Auke Bay. The Auke Nu and Spaulding Trails share the first 0.8 mile and then divide to different destinations. The Auke Nu Trail climbs gradually toward Auke Mountain and the John Muir Cabin, which is on the crest of a 1,550-foot knob near the head of Auke Nu Creek.
Juneau, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
Trails suitable for all hiking abilities, with routes traveling through forests, by muskegs and a lake. A favorite among Sitka locals, the Beaver Lake and Herring Cove Trail is a maintained, accessible route traveling through stunted forests, beautiful muskegs, and along marshes with waterfalls and gorgeous views of Bear Mountain. These trails provide a variety of options. An out-and-back from either trailhead, including opportunity to hike around Beaver Lake, or a through-hike option from one trailhead to the other.
Sitka, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.7-6 miles
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One of the first trails to melt in the spring, combined with signifocant elevation, make it a great trail to get in hiking shape at the beginning of the season. The hike up Bird Ridge, the ridge between Indian and Bird Creeks, offers a chance to see the Anchorage area’s first mountain wildflowers of the year; the ridge is steep and south-facing, so the snow melts early in spring. The sweeping views of alpine mountains, green valleys, and shimmering Turnagain Arm from the ridge are about as good as scenery gets.
Anchorage, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 1-6.5 miles
Alpine wildflowers, views of the gorgeous 7-mile-long Eklutna Lake, and one of the top panoramic views anywhere in Chugach State Park. Mountain wildflowers, great views of milky-blue Eklutna Lake and massive Bold Peak, and one of the best panoramas anywhere in Chugach State Park lie only a few miles (albeit steep miles) up the Bold Ridge Trail.
Anchorage, AK - Hiking,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 3.5-4 miles
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This trail is a great way to climb into alpine scenery, rich with mining history, and spectacular views of the surrounding mountain peaks, accessible from Kennecott.
Chitina, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5
A hike for all activity levels with minimal elevation gain and views of Byers Lake and the Alaska Range on clear days. The easy hike around Byers Lake makes a good day trip, but there is also a walk-in fee cabin, Cabin #2, and a backcountry camping area, the Lakeshore Camp, for overnighters. Day hiking the lake while staying in the Byers Lake Campground or in the fee cabin on the campground road (Cabin #1) is a good option too. The trailhead is in the Byers Lake Campground in Denali State Park, Mile 147 of the Parks Highway, about 14 miles north of the Chulitna River Bridge and 17 miles south of the Little Coal Creek Trailhead. Turn east off the Parks Highway onto the campground road and drive 0.6 mile to the boat-launch parking area on the right.
Talkeetna, AK - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.8
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This trail is an easy, fully-accessible trail traveling along a glacial creek, through lush forest and ending with a stunning view of the Byron Glacier. Portage Valley is one of the most popular visitor destinations in Alaska, but don’t let that scare you away. The valley’s blue ice and glacial scenery is outstanding, and many visitors simply stop at the Begich, Boggs Visitor Center, enjoy the surroundings a bit, and leave for the next attraction. If you stick around for a short hike to Byron Glacier, you’ll be glad you did. Bring rain gear along, however, in case the valley’s frequent, pelting rains strike while you’re on the trail.
Girdwood, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.4
Along the coastline of Resurrection Bay, this trail offers ocean wildlife, coastal scenery, ?shing, history, cabins, and camping. Caines Head is the site of Fort McGilvray, a military garrison built to protect Seward’s harbor during World War II, and the state recreation area it anchors also features fee cabins at Callisto Canyon and Derby Cove, backcountry camping areas at Tonsina Creek, South Beach, and North Beach, a side trail into alpine country below Callisto Peak, and a trail to the more remote South Beach.
Seward, AK - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 4.5-7.4 miles
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A developed lower trail with easy access to alpine, to connect with ridges for longer, overnight treks in the Mentasta Mountains. A relatively simple hike on an old all-terrain-vehicle track, the Caribou Creek Trail leads into alpine country about as painlessly as possible, and from there the choices are yours. The rugged, high valley above the end of the trail invites exploration, and a few steep but nontechnical routes lead up the ridges on either side of the creek. You can also hike all the way to the summit ridge of the Mentasta Mountains, at the head of the drainage. The view is spectacular from the divide, particularly to the east toward Noyes Mountain, and the ridge rambling is fine, if steep in places, for several miles east and west along the ridgeline
Slana, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5-3 miles
A strenuous trail into alpine country, with wild?owers, berries, and spectacular views in Chena River State Recreation Area. A hike for true animals, the Chena Dome Trail loops around the Angel Creek watershed on an alpine ridgeline with views that go on forever. About 3 miles of developed trail lead to the ridgeline from either trailhead, and from there the hike is an alpine route marked with rock cairns and mileage posts. To follow this route, especially in inclement weather with low visibility, map-reading and route-finding skills are essential.
Fairbanks, AK - Hiking,Horseback Riding,Mountain Biking - Trail Length: 30
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One of the longest trail traverses in Southeast Alaska, this trail travels through a variety of terrain, rich with history. An outdoor museum, a beautiful hike, and the only long trail traverse in Southeast Alaska, the Chilkoot Trail attracts hikers from all over the world. The hike is amazingly diverse, taking in coastal and interior forests, a large river, a snowy mountain basin, rocky country above tree line, sparkling alpine streams, and huge lakes.
Skagway, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 33
The trail passes through forest, two small lakes with gorgeous views of Poot Peak and China Poot Lake. The dock at the head of Halibut Cove Lagoon may be busy with boaters and salmon anglers in midsummer, but decent solitude is just up the trail. Since the tides control when you can get in and out, you might as well relax and stay awhile, at least over- night—and two or three nights is even better.
Homer, AK - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5-10 miles
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One of the top areas in the north for viewing migrating birds, with walking trails suitable for all activity levels. Creamer’s Field offers short hikes in the heart of Fairbanks, good migratory-bird viewing in spring and fall, and a chance to explore a sample of the forests and wetlands of Interior Alaska. Creamer’s is a historic dairy that operated until 1966 (see sidebar below)
Fairbanks, AK - Birding,Hiking - Trail Length: 0.7-2 miles
A trail traveling by subalpine lakes, with options for day trips or longer overnight treks in the Kenai Mountains. Crescent Lake, 6 miles long and 0.5 mile wide, wraps around the rocky alpine peaks of Wrong Mountain, in the shape of a narrow (you guessed it) crescent. It’s brushy and subalpine at the east end, and partially forested with spruce and cottonwood on the south and west sides. Carter Lake is a smaller subalpine lake set in meadows, brush, and scatterings of weather-beaten mountain hemlocks.
Seward, AK - Fishing,Hiking - Trail Length: 1.5-18 miles
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Crow Pass Trail travels through a variety of terrain: glaciers, waterfalls, wildflowers, and mining ruins, plus the pass is the highest point on the historic Iditarod Trail and one of the top day hikes in Southcentral Alaska. The trail begins at the end of the Crow Creek Road outside Girdwood. To get there, drive 35 miles south of Anchorage and turn northeast onto the Alyeska Highway. Drive 1.9 miles, turn left onto Crow Creek Road, and follow it 6 miles to the trailhead. The road is often rough but is passable during the snow-free season.
Girdwood, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 3.5-24 miles
This boardwalk trail parallels the Kowee Creek, climbing out of the forest and into high country, with mountain views along the way to the historic Dan Moller Cabin. The Dan Moller Trail, a boardwalk trail, is a good antidote for the rain-forest claustrophobia that can strike anyone who has been in Southeast too long.
Juneau, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 3
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A trail within walking distance of downtown Ketchikan, with mountains, lakes, and a variety of trip options, from day hikes, to overnight treks in picturesque alpine terrain. Popular with both locals and visitors, the Deer Mountain Trail climbs a 3,001-foot peak above Ketchikan with a panoramic view of mountain peaks, forests, islands, and ocean. From there, you can continue to alpine Blue Lake and beyond; the route crosses the island on high ridges to the Silvis Lakes Trailhead on George Inlet. Whatever your destination, this is a good hike for travelers, as the trailhead is a walk of only a mile from downtown Ketchikan.
Ketchikan, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 2.5-12.5 miles
Devil’s Creek Trail crosses a variety of terrain: through forest, streams, lakes, and into the alpine. The route includes access to Resurrection Pass Trail for a longer traverse.
Moose Pass, AK - Hiking - Trail Length: 10-31 miles
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