Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures
by Mollie Foster (Falcon Guides)
© 2017 Mollie Foster/Falcon Guides. All Rights Reserved.
It was a nice mellow hike, good introduction to Alaska hiking. But if it wasn't for the hand tram it wouldn't really be all that.
This was the first hike I did in Alaska. With the wonderful long days during the Alaskan summers, this was easy to do as a day hike. With a coworker and his dog, we took on this trail and it's impressive initial climb. After the first mile or so, the trail levels off quite a bit, which is nice, but be prepared for the temperature drop. As we wound our way further into the mountains and nearer the glaciers, the cold really hit hard. It's a wonderful little hike with plenty to see.
Winner Creek is an excellent trail, which has been greatly improved in recent years and is wheel chair accessible for the first half mile. The trail becomes more primitive but is easy walking through forrest. The view of Winner Creek from the foot-bridge crossing is impressive; the creek is a rushing torrent as it passes through a short, narrow canyon beyond the bridge and is the highlight of the trip. A ledge overlooking the canyon is an excellent spot for lunch. A short hike from the foot bridge brings you to a hand-drawn tram across Crow Creek. The tram extends the hike to a trailhead on Crow Creek Road. Out and back to Winner Creek is great when in the mood for a leisurely stroll and a nice picnic. Expect some company, but not a crowd. Enjoy!
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