Granite Tors

Fairbanks, Alaska

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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 Munson Ridge, the alpine ridge at the head of Rock Creek, southwest of the Chena River. (A tor is a large, isolated outcrop of rock.) Tors formed millions of years ago when molten rock pushed upward and cooled before it reached the earth’s surface. The surrounding earth slowly eroded, exposing the less erodible rock pinnacles. There are scattered tors west of the Plain of Monuments, including the Lizard’s Eye, a tor with a round, eyelike opening near the top.
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 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 Munson Ridge, the alpine ridge at the head of Rock Creek, southwest of the Chena River. (A tor is a large, isolated outcrop of rock.) Tors formed millions of years ago when molten rock pushed upward and cooled before it reached the earth’s surface.

The surrounding earth slowly eroded, exposing the less erodible rock pinnacles. There are scattered tors west of the Plain of Monuments, including the Lizard’s Eye, a tor with a round, eyelike opening near the top.

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Activity Type: Climbing, Hiking
Nearby City: Fairbanks
Distance: 2-15 miles
Elevation Gain: 2,700 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Season: June through mid-September
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Alaska State Parks, Northern Area, 3700 Airport Way, Fairbanks, AK 99709; (907) 451- 2695; dnr.alaska.gov/parks/
Local Maps: USGS Big Delta D-5; Alaska State Parks leaflet Granite Tors Trail
Driving Directions: Directions to Granite Tors

Recent Trail Reviews

3/29/2013
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GREAT TRAIL!! Even though it was a wet one we managed to complete the 15 miles.


7/18/2011
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Loved this hike far enough out town but not to far.Most the the trail you can still get cell service with the right carrier. And after the long hike a short drive to the hotsprings to soak.


5/30/2003
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This is a great, but well-populated, over-night trip. The rock formations are truely fantastic, and there's plenty of them. There's also lots of camping at various points both before you get to the top, in the open valley on the top, and just before you start going down again. The valley at the top is a very marshy slog. We were actually passed by a runner at the start of the trip... then passed again several hours later by the same runner coming back the opposite direction along the loop. Yikes!


7/1/2002
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This is an excellent, multi-purpose trail. It begins in the boreal forest near the Chena River and ascends through spruce, birch, alder and cottonwoods to the tundra. The trail is well defined at lower elevations but follows rock cairns and tripods through the muskeg. The main attractions are the numerous granite tors, which are great for climbing. There are plenty of tors off the main trail for the adventurous to explore. This trail is a great, but strenuous, day hike and is also perfect for an overnight trip. The trail is a loop, and hikers can take the steep but fast route to the top or the less steep but longer route. This trail offers something for everyone.



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May 2018