Alaska State Parks Trails

To find trails in Alaska state parks for activities such as hiking and biking, select a region or trail below.

Eklutna Lake :: Anchorage, AK

Eklutna Lake is an L-shaped basin filled with meltwater from the retreating Eklutna Glacier. At over 7 miles long, it is the largest lake in Chugach State Park. The lake is naturally formed, but there is a small dam at the outlet because this i

Independence Mine Trail :: Palmer, AK

Hiking trails suitable for all hiking abilities, in picturesque Independence Mine State Historical Park. Independence Mine State Historical Park commemorates the Alaska-Pacific Consolidated Mining Company gold mines near Hatcher Pass, the second-rich

Parks Highway and Denali Park Road Side Trip :: Cantwell, AK

Paved highway from Wasilla to Fairbanks; 323 miles (520 kilometers). This paved artery connects Anchorage and Fairbanks, passing through some of the most breathtaking scenery in central Alaska. One of the newest roadways in the state, the Parks Highw

Mount Baldy and Blacktail Rocks :: Anchorage, AK

A popular trail for hearty families with spectacular views of the Knik Arm, Denali, and peaks in Chugach State Park. This trail is popular, and for good reasons. The access from Eagle River is tough to match. The route used to be on private propert

Hillside Trail System(Overview) :: Anchorage, AK

Access to the western trails in Chugach State Park is gained from the hillside of east Anchorage. Four major trailheads access the assortment of trails called the Hillside Trail System, ranging from easy, wide old roadbeds to more difficult routes re

Turnagain Arm Trail :: Anchorage, AK

The trail leads across a steep southwest slope that receives lots of spring sunshine, so the trail is one of the earliest near Anchorage to open as the landscape melts. There are numerous route options on Turnagain Arm trail from short interpretive l

Red Shirt Lake :: Willow, AK

A pleasant hiking trail over moraines leads from the parking lot to Red Shirt Lake. Tippecanoe Rentals has canoes for rent already at the lakeshore, saving an epic portage. Red Shirt Lake itself is over 3 miles long, with a number of interesting nook

Ship Lake Pass :: Anchorage, AK

Ship Lake Pass is a wonderful day hike for various hiking abilities, with easy access to alpine country, and plenty of options to extend to overnight traverse options. Three-quarters of Chugach State Park is above tree line, and this hike from Glen A

Bold Ridge Trail :: Anchorage, AK

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

Edgerton Highway - McCarthy Road :: Chitina, AK

Paved road from Richardson Highway to Chitina; 35 miles (56 kilometers). Narrow gravel road from Chitina to McCarthy; 61 miles (98 kilometers). This route is the primary road into Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park, the largest park in the United Sta

Nabesna Road :: Slana, AK

Improved gravel road from Tok Cutoff to end in Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park; 42 miles (68 kilometers). This gravel road begins at the Tok Cutoff and runs through the wild northern reaches of Wrangell-Saint Elias National Park. Sport hunting is

Hatcher Pass Road :: Willow, AK

Improved gravel road from Palmer to Willow; 49 miles (79 kilometers). This gravel road (also known as the Fishhook-Willow Road) climbs over a high tundra pass in the Talkeetna Mountains, linking the Glenn and Parks highways. It travels through the Wi

Campbell Tract Loop National Recreation Trail :: Campbell, AK

Conveniently located within Anchorage, the Campbell Tract Loop fits into most any schedule. An easy hike for the entire family, the level and well-maintained trail passes through prime wildlife habitat and along scenic Campbell Creek. It also passes

Byers Lake :: Talkeetna, AK

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 a

Starrigavan Bay :: Sitka, AK

Easy interpretive loops windingThese three trails, a cooperative project of Tongass National Forest and Alaska State Parks, are short, easy hikes adjacent to the Starrigavan Campground at the north end of Sitka’s road system. The Estuary Life Trail

Kesugi Ridge :: Trapper Creek, AK

A trail with a wide variety of choices for overnight treks traveling along a ridge, with some of the best views of Denali and the Alaska Range in the state. Kesugi Ridge, a long alpine ridge across the Chulitna River basin from the Alaska Range and D

South Fork Eagle River :: Palmer, AK

The trailhead starts just below tree line and quickly climbs into alpine, by two backcountry lakes, with options for a day hike, or longer overnight trips. The trail up South Fork Eagle River is a relatively painless way to get into the wild and beau

Wolverine Peak :: Anchorage, AK

A maintained trail close to town with access to tundra and alpine with spectacular views of Chugach Mountains, Campbell Creek, and the Cook Inlet. Wolverine Peak, the prominent triangular peak at the intersection of two alpine ridges above south Anch

Flattop Mountain :: Anchorage, AK

Perhaps one of the most popular trails in the summer for good reasons: close to town, numerous options for a variety of hiking abilities with access to alpine tundra, spectacular views of mountains, Cook Inlet, and the city. On summer weekends and e

Bold Ridge Trail :: Eagle River, AK

The Bold Ridge Trail is steep and difficult, but it takes you to some of the most breathtaking scenery in Chugach State Park. Outstanding views of Eklutna Lake below, Knik Arm, Twin Peaks, Bold Peak, and the Eklutna Glacier make this hike one of the

Bird Creek Trail :: Girdwood, AK

Bird Creek takes you through some of the most amazing mature spruce forests in Chugach State Park. The tall, mature trees create a shadowed, somewhat spooky atmosphere, which emphasizes the damp forest floor that’s heavily carpeted with mosses and fe

Winner Creek Trail :: Girdwood, AK

Winner Creek Trail is a favorite for many hikers. For one thing, it is different from most every other trail in Chugach State Park and the Anchorage area. Located about 40 miles south of Anchorage near Girdwood, the trail is actually the beginning of

Eagle River :: Anchorage, AK

Beginning in the Chugach Mountains of Chugach State Park, Eagle River emerges from Eagle Glacier as a cold, turbid, swift glacial stream. In its upper reaches, it is most known to those who traverse from Eagle River Valley over Crow Pass to Girdwood.

Winner Creek Trail :: Girdwood, AK

The Winner Creek Trail is a favorite of many hikers. For one thing, it is different from most every other trail in Chugach State Park and the Anchorage area. Located about 40 miles south of Anchorage near Girdwood, the trail is actually the beginning

Lower Eagle River Trail and South Fork Falls :: Eagle River, AK

This hike follows a wide, mainly level path through a mixed spruce-birch forest with views of the Eagle River and surrounding mountains. Wildflowers and beautiful vegetation abound. However, this trail’s biggest attraction is South Fork Eagle River F

South Fork Eagle River Valley Trail :: Eagle River, AK

This great day hike takes you down to the South Fork Eagle River and eventually leads you to Eagle and Symphony Lakes. At the end of the trail, you can expect great views of the valley, the lakes, Triangle Peak, Hurdygurdy Mountain, and surrounding p

Lower Eagle River Trail and South Fork Falls :: Eagle River, AK

This hike follows a wide, easy path. The trail is mainly level and travels through a mixed spruce and birch forest with views of the Eagle River and surrounding mountains. Wildflowers and other beautiful vegetation make this hike a nice weekend jaunt

Harding Icefield :: Seward, AK

This long day hike in the Exit Glacier area of Kenai Fjords National Park winds through the forest and climbs above tree line to an ice age experience with stunning panoramic views of the ice?eld. Start early and bring a camera for this hike to the e

Thompson Pass/Marshall Pass :: Valdez, AK

Some Alaskan gems are tucked away in remote corners of the state, but this one is hiding in plain sight. An easily accessible high-country route with lots of options. This one is admittedly a bit off the reservation and doesn’t even border the park,

Boreal Forest Trail :: Copper Center, AK

This is a short but interesting interpretive trail that begins outside the visitor center building at park headquarters. It’s a good introduction to the Alaskan boreal forest and has seven interpretive panels along the way that offer an interesting

Grace Ridge Trail :: Homer, AK

Grace Ridge Trail provides alpine ridge hiking with stunning views of Kachemak Bay State Park, with Kachemak Bay, Eldred Passage, and Cook Inlet volcanoes among the highlights. Spectacular hike on an alpine ridge with views of Sadie Cove, Tutka

Twin Peaks Trail :: Anchorage, AK

This trail includes day hikes to longer ridgeline options with spectacular views of Eklutna Lake, the Mat Valley, and the tallest group of peaks in Chugach State Park. Mountain slopes bursting with wildflowers, bright creeks tumbling over rocky s