Angel Rocks

Fairbanks, Alaska

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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 River, offering plenty of cracks and crevices to explore and good views to enjoy. The area around the rocks is a pleasant scene of granite, aspen, and spruce. It’s a steep, somewhat rough trail, but this is a much easier hike to see a tor landscape than the hike to the Granite Tors. Keep an eye on the kids, though; there are some steep drops here, and the trail that loops through the rocks and back down to the river is steep and rough. For a longer hike, try the traverse to Chena Hot Springs across the 2,800-foot alpine ridge east of Angel Rocks.
Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures

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Hiking Alaska: A Guide to Alaska's Greatest Hiking Adventures

by Mollie Foster (Falcon Guides)

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 River, offering plenty of cracks and crevices to explore and good views to enjoy. The area around the rocks is a pleasant scene of granite, aspen, and spruce.

It’s a steep, somewhat rough trail, but this is a much easier hike to see a tor landscape than the hike to the Granite Tors. Keep an eye on the kids, though; there are some steep drops here, and the trail that loops through the rocks and back down to the river is steep and rough. For a longer hike, try the traverse to Chena Hot Springs across the 2,800-foot alpine ridge east of Angel Rocks.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Fairbanks
Distance: 1.7-8.3 miles
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Season: Best June through September
Features: Hot Springs, Waterfalls
Local Contacts: Alaska State Parks, Northern Area, 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709; (907) 451- 2695; dnr.alaska.gov/parks/
Local Maps: USGS Circle A-5, Alaska State Parks leaflet Angel Rocks Trail, and the Chena Hot Springs Trail leaflet
Driving Directions: Directions to Angel Rocks

Recent Trail Reviews

6/26/2011
0

ok day hike, but because of its location to town you'll run into lots of folks on the trail. I would rather do the granite tors 4mi loop.


6/5/2007
0

Nice little loop trail with a scenic river at the bottom and some nice boulders at top where you get a good view of the chena river park area. Easy day hike, i recommend if you're only in Fairbanks for a short time.


5/20/2004
0

A great short hike for people who want to see great rock formations, and expansive views across the valley. We went up to the top (but not all the way through to Chena hot springs) which was worth the views, but not as view-per-mile nice as the bottom third.


11/4/2002
1

My wife and I are from florida, and were fortunate to do this hike with some local members of the fairbanks hiking club. The trail was pretty well marked. A lot of vertical on the first 2 1/2 miles. Would be tough going with a full pack. toward the top you have to scramble up a moderate size field of loose rock, not awful, but watch your step. Once at the top, the views are are spectacular with large granite out croppings. The next 2-3 miles are along the treeless ridge line, which I really enjoyed. As you start to decend about a mile or so, you''ll see an emergency shelter off on a short spur trail. You''ll then be hiking on a horse/atv trail that''s pretty rutted up with plenty of horse poopie just to make the decent more pleasant. There''s also a hi trail and lo trail. stick to the hi if there''s been alot of rain. It''s about a 3 mi. decent to Chena resort. The burgers at the restaurant are the best, and then take a soak in the springs for around 7 or 8 bucks.


10/23/2002
1

Great trail for a short day hike. The trailhead is recently improved and has nice picnic tables, fire pits, and a lot of parking. The trail is steep and can be a strenuous climb. However, the views from the top are magnificent. Although most people stop when they reach the rocks, the trail continues seven miles to Chena Hot Springs. The only down side to this trail is that it is popular and on summer days can be quite crowded.



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