Best Backpacking in Alaska

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

  • #1 Ship Creek Valley Trail

    2 Reviews

    Anchorage, AK

    The wide and wild Ship Creek Valley arcs gracefully into the mountains behind Anchorage, dividing the park’s familiar and well-traveled foothills from its more remote regions. Though it straddles ...
    •  1 to 3 days
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    The wide and wild Ship Creek Valley arcs gracefully into the mountains behind Anchorage, dividing the park’s familiar and ...

  • #2 Johnson Pass

    1 Reviews

    Moose Pass, AK

    Between 1908 and 1910, the Alaska Road Commission constructed a trail for packhorses and dog teams through Johnson Pass en route to the gold fields of the Iditarod area. The first shipment of ...
    •  2 days
    •  23 miles
    •  Guide

    Between 1908 and 1910, the Alaska Road Commission constructed a trail for packhorses and dog teams through Johnson Pass en ...

  • #3 Grewingk Glacier

    1 Reviews

    Halibut Cove, AK

    Kachemak Bay State Park offers hikes for everyone—from families with infants to experienced backpackers—and even the easiest comes complete with a glacier lake, icebergs, towering peaks, and ...
    •  4.5 hours - 2 days
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    Kachemak Bay State Park offers hikes for everyone—from families with infants to experienced backpackers—and even the easiest ...

  • #4 Historic Iditarod (Crow Pass) Trail

    1 Reviews

    Eagle River, AK

    For a grand tour of the best Chugach State Park has to offer, head to the Historic Iditarod Trail. More commonly known as the Crow Pass Trail, it leads through quiet stands of birch; over a swift, ...
    •  1 to 3 days
    •  26 miles
    •  Guide

    For a grand tour of the best Chugach State Park has to offer, head to the Historic Iditarod Trail. More commonly known as ...

  • #5 Eagle River Trails

    1 Reviews

    Eagle River, AK

    Alaskan explorer Walter Mendenhall once called Eagle River Valley “a miniature Yosemite,” and every year more than 50,000 visitors find out why. In addition to stunningly sheer valley walls, ...
    •  .5 to 5 hours, or overnight
    •  8 miles
    •  Guide

    Alaskan explorer Walter Mendenhall once called Eagle River Valley “a miniature Yosemite,” and every year more than 50,000 ...

  • #6 Grizzly Bear Lake

    1 Reviews

    Girdwood, AK

    Plan well before undertaking a hike to Grizzly Bear Lake. To reach the lake, you’ll have to cross miles of untracked backcountry, climb over a steep pass, and pick your way through a daunting ...
    •  12 to 15 hours (or overnight)
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    Plan well before undertaking a hike to Grizzly Bear Lake. To reach the lake, you’ll have to cross miles of untracked backcountry, ...

  • #7 Resurrection Pass Trail System

    0 Reviews

    Cooper Landing, AK

    Hikers looking for a long trip, a good trail, mountain scenery, cabins, and fishing all at once will find them along the Resurrection Pass Trail. The most popular route, 38.5 miles between the ...
    •  3-6 days
    •  38.5 miles
    •  Guide

    Hikers looking for a long trip, a good trail, mountain scenery, cabins, and fishing all at once will find them along the ...

  • #8 Shoup Bay

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    Valdez, AK

    A new, primitive trail, built by Alaska State Parks, offers hikers a spectacular walk above Port Valdez into beautiful Shoup Bay with stunning views of Shoup Glacier and the iceberg-strewn lagoon ...
    •  2-3 days
    •  22 miles
    •  Guide

    A new, primitive trail, built by Alaska State Parks, offers hikers a spectacular walk above Port Valdez into beautiful Shoup ...

  • #9 Caines Head

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    Seward, AK

    Caines Head, with an abandoned World War II army fort and exquisite bay views framed by coastal rainforest, offers a blend of historical curiosity and natural wonder. The area has great beaches, ...
    •  2 days - 1 week
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    Caines Head, with an abandoned World War II army fort and exquisite bay views framed by coastal rainforest, offers a blend ...

  • #10 Fuller Lakes and Skyline Traverse

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    Cooper Landing, AK

    Fuller Lake, a tempting jewel, lies at tree line surrounded by scattered hemlock, spruce, willow scrub, and grassy meadows. Lower Fuller Lake, smaller and nestled just below tree line, is a good ...
    •  4 hours - 2 days
    •  18 miles
    •  Guide

    Fuller Lake, a tempting jewel, lies at tree line surrounded by scattered hemlock, spruce, willow scrub, and grassy meadows. ...

  • #11 Lost Lake Traverse

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    Seward, AK

    In July this is perhaps the most beautiful trail the Kenai Peninsula has to offer. Climbing through a hemlock and spruce forest, the trail emerges above tree line on tundra and flowered meadows. ...
    •  7 hours - 2 days
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    In July this is perhaps the most beautiful trail the Kenai Peninsula has to offer. Climbing through a hemlock and spruce ...

  • #12 Flute Glacier and Eagle Peak

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    Eagle River, AK

    Despite their proximity to popular Eagle Lake, the windswept glacial erratics, lichen fields, and meltwater rivulets of Flute Glacier Valley see few human visitors. Hikers exploring the 4-mile ...
    •  13 to 17 hours
    •  20 miles
    •  Guide

    Despite their proximity to popular Eagle Lake, the windswept glacial erratics, lichen fields, and meltwater rivulets of Flute ...

  • #13 Camp Robber Peak and Archangel Lakes

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    Girdwood, AK

    High in Clear Creek Valley, a remote glacier sits atop bare cliffs, spilling ice and water down hundreds of feet. Few animals and even fewer humans ever see it, as most eschew this rugged valley ...
    •  10 to 13 hours (or overnight)
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    High in Clear Creek Valley, a remote glacier sits atop bare cliffs, spilling ice and water down hundreds of feet. Few animals ...

  • #14 Snow Hawk Valley and Temptation Peak

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    Anchorage, AK

    Though surrounded on three sides by Chugach State Park, Snow Hawk Valley actually belongs to the United States Army. It’s a wilderness area, with an excellent hiking trail leading through the ...
    •  10 to 14 hours (or overnight)
    •  17 miles
    •  Guide

    Though surrounded on three sides by Chugach State Park, Snow Hawk Valley actually belongs to the United States Army. It’s ...

  • #15 Cantata Peak

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    Eagle River, AK

    Cantata Peak, one of the more imposing mountains in Chugach State Park, is not an easy climb. It involves a long approach hike, some difficult scrambling, and extensive routefinding. For competent ...
    •  10 to 13 hours
    •  17 miles
    •  Guide

    Cantata Peak, one of the more imposing mountains in Chugach State Park, is not an easy climb. It involves a long approach ...

  • #16 Ewe Valley Backcountry

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    Eagle River, AK

    For every valley in Chugach State Park with a hiking trail, many others remain untracked. Ewe Valley is one such area, included in this guide as a place to explore. There is no specific trail ...
    •  2 days or longer
    •  16 miles
    •  Guide

    For every valley in Chugach State Park with a hiking trail, many others remain untracked. Ewe Valley is one such area, included ...

  • #17 Tanaina Peaks and Koktoya Peak

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    Anchorage, AK

    Many devoted Chugach climbers, at one time or another, aim to climb all ten peaks west of Ship Creek that rise higher than 5000 feet. This isn’t an easy job—some of these summits require routefinding ...
    •  10 to 14 hours
    •  19 miles
    •  Guide

    Many devoted Chugach climbers, at one time or another, aim to climb all ten peaks west of Ship Creek that rise higher than ...

  • #18 Indian Creek to Glen Alps Traverse

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    Indian, AK

    If Chugach State Park has a specific birthplace, it is Indian Creek Valley. In 1969, a petition to log the valley’s towering old-growth spruce spurred a group of citizens to action. They sought ...
    •  10 to 14 hours (or overnight)
    •  15 miles
    •  Guide

    If Chugach State Park has a specific birthplace, it is Indian Creek Valley. In 1969, a petition to log the valley’s towering ...

  • #19 Crow Pass and Eagle River Traverse

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    Anchorage, AK

    In the early 1900s, the trail over Crow Pass was part of the Iditarod winter sled trail through the mountains between Turnagain Arm and Knik Arm, en route from Seward to Knik, and thence to Interior ...
    •  3 days
    •  26 miles
    •  Guide

    In the early 1900s, the trail over Crow Pass was part of the Iditarod winter sled trail through the mountains between Turnagain ...

  • #20 McHugh and Rabbit Lakes

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    Hope, AK

    With its blue-black waters set below 2,000-foot walls of the Suicide Peaks, Rabbit Lake is a scenic beauty. Smaller McHugh Lake is just next door. The lakes make good destinations for an overnight ...
    •  1 hour - 2 days
    •  13 miles
    •  Guide

    With its blue-black waters set below 2,000-foot walls of the Suicide Peaks, Rabbit Lake is a scenic beauty. Smaller McHugh ...