Turnagain Arm Trail

Anchorage, Alaska

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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.

Turnagain Arm Trail Professional Review and Guide

"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."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Anchorage
Distance: 9.3
Elevation Gain: 700 feet
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 6 to 8 hours
Season: Summer and fall
Local Maps: USGS Anchorage
Driving Directions: Directions to Turnagain Arm Trail

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May 2018