Best Trails of Alaska

This list represents the most popular trails in Alaska. Use this list to plan your next Alaska outdoor trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Harding Icefield


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. Sta…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Seward, AK - Hiking - 4 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#2. Crow Pass


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 hike…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Girdwood, AK - Hiking - 3.5-24 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. Exit Glacier


Two short day-hiking trails, within view of a glacier, and the only road access within Kenai Fjords National Park. Exit Glacier is one of the thirty-five glaciers that flow off the 500-square-mile Har…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Seward, AK - Hiking - 1-1.5 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#4. Resurrection Pass


Resurrection Pass is one of the most popular longer hikes on the Kenai. The trail covers stunning scenery climbing from forest floor into alpine tundra, with numerous alpine creeks, cabins,…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Hope, AK - Fishing, Hiking, Mountain Biking - 39 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#5. Flattop Mountain


Flattop is climbed more often than any mountain in Alaska, and that is a mixed blessing. It boasts a high trailhead with plenty of space for parking, a short and well-maintained trail, and gorgeous su…
From the guidebook "50 Hikes in Alaska's Chugach State Park"
Anchorage, AK - Hiking - 3 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#6. Wolverine Peak


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Anchorage, AK - Hiking - 5.5 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#7. Chilkoot Pass


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 Sou…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Skagway, AK - Hiking - 33 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#8. Angel Rocks


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…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Fairbanks, AK - Hiking - 1.7-8.3 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#9. Deer Mountain


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 local…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Ketchikan, AK - Hiking - 2.5-12.5 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#10. Reed Lakes


The trail provides wonderful access for day hikes or overnight treks into jagged granite peaks, rock walls, glaciers, and lakes in the heart of the Talkeetna Mountains. An annual pilgrimage for many A…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Palmer, AK - Climbing, Hiking, Mountain Biking - 3-4 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#11. Granite Tors


A 15-mile, or 2-mile loop trail, with access to massive tors in the alpine with vistas of the Alaska Range and Chena River Valley. The Granite Tors are granite towers, pinnacles, and slabs that crown…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Fairbanks, AK - Climbing, Hiking - 2-15 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#12. Russian Lakes


This trail has two large mountain lakes, boating, camping, and fishing, as the sockeye salmon runs attract all types of wildlife, including humans.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Seward, AK - Fishing, Hiking - 2.4-21.5 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#13. Dewey Lakes


A trail with day hike and overnight options by lakes, within walking distance of downtown Skagway. There are two Dewey Lakes, and they are very different places. Lower Dewey Lake lies in the trees 50…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Skagway, AK - Hiking - 0.6-4.2 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#14. Kesugi Ridge


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 th…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Trapper Creek, AK - Hiking - 27.5 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#15. Bodenburg Butte


The butte’s dry conditions, perhaps coupled with enough height to stand above a late glacial advance without being overtopped, give the butte unique vegetation for the area. Sage is most obvious. Ther…
From the guidebook "55 Ways to the Wilderness in Southcentral Alaska"
Palmer, AK - Hiking - 3 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by The Mountaineers Books

#16. Flattop Mountain


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, C…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Anchorage, AK - Hiking - 0.1-1.5 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#17. Lost Lake


Camping, fishing, long day or backpack trip options, and miles of alpine access are the big draws to Lost Lake.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Seward, AK - Fishing, Hiking - 7-15 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#18. Pinnel Mountain


This trail travels along a ridgeline, with spectacular panoramic views, wildlife, and wildflowers, and one of the top longer hikes in the region. The premier long hike in the Fairbanks area, the Pin…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Fairbanks, AK - Hiking - 27.3 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#19. East Glacier and Nugget Creek


Accessible from the Visitors Center, these easy, maintained trails provide a variety of day hike options for all hiking abilities, near the Mendenhall Glacier.…
From the guidebook "Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures"
Juneau, AK - Hiking - 3.5-7.5 miles Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Falcon Guides

#20. Denali National Park & Preserve


Mt. McKinley is the highest point in North America at 20,320 feet. The almost-four-mile-high giant was known to the Native Americans of Alaska as Denali – “The Great One” – a fitting tribute to one of…
From the guidebook "Great American Wilderness: Touring America's National Parks"
Healy, AK - Scenic Drives Best Trail in ak - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
Published by Hunter Publishing