Turnagain Arm Trail

Anchorage, Alaska 99506

Turnagain Arm Trail

Turnagain Arm Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Turnagain Arm Trail is a historic trail dating back to 1910, when it was originally used to carry supplies during the construction of the railroad. The trail runs parallel to and above the Seward Highway, the railroad, and the waters of Turnagain Arm.

Throughout the trail you’ll be able to observe the striking elements of the hike, including stands of birch, aspen, poplar, and spruce trees, highlighted by coastal vegetation, wildflowers, and numerous stream crossings. Wildlife is also abundant, ranging from spruce grouse and bears to moose and Dall sheep."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures (Falcon Guides)
Mollie Foster
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"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 loops to longer thru-hike options. All four trailheads are just a few miles south of Anchorage on the Seward Highway. The nearest to Anchorage, the Potter Creek Trailhead, is just south of the south end of Potter’s Marsh, at Seward Highway Mile 115.1, 0.1 mile south of Chugach State Park headquarters. Turn east into the parking area. The other three trailheads, from northwest to southeast, are the McHugh Creek State Wayside, Mile 111.9; Rainbow, Mile 108.4; and Windy Corner, Mile 106.7. All are on the north, or mountain, side of the highway." Read more
Best Easy Day Hikes: Anchorage (Falcon Guides)
John Tyson
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"The historic Turnagain Arm Trail dates back to 1910, when it was used for carrying supplies during the construction of the railroad. The trail runs above and parallel to the Seward Highway, the railroad, and the waters of Turnagain Arm. It can be hiked in a day or hiked as three different segments. Throughout the trail you’ll observe stands of birch, aspen, poplar, and spruce trees, highlighted by coastal vegetation, wildflowers, and numerous stream crossings." Read more

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Trail Information

Anchorage
Nearby City
Dog-friendly, Kid-friendly
Accessibility
9.3
Distance
700 feet
Elevation Gain
Out-and-back
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
6 to 8 hours
Duration
Summer and fall
Season
Waterfalls
Features
USGS Anchorage
Local Maps

Activity Feed

Dec 2018