Winner Creek

Girdwood, Alaska 99587

Winner Creek

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"A trail for all abilities, with a variety of options: a short or longer day hike option, or a longer overnight traverse climbing into the alpine country. The Winner Creek Trail is a bit of a suburban wildland hike, but there are plenty of rewards: a beautiful trail, temperate rain forest, and the narrow gorges of Winner and Glacier Creeks.

Across Glacier Creek, 2.5 miles into the hike, the trail connects with the Girdwood Iditarod Trail, a “natural tread” trail that parallels Crow Creek Road and leads about 3 miles to the Girdwood School. From the school, you can walk or bike 2.5 miles of paved bike path back to the trailhead at the Alyeska Hotel. This entire 8-mile loop, both forest trail and paved path, is open to bicycles."

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Best Easy Day Hikes: Anchorage (Falcon Guides)
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"Winner Creek Trail is a favorite for many hikers. For one thing, it is different from most every other trail in Chugach State Park and the Anchorage area. Located about 40 miles south of Anchorage near Girdwood, the trail is actually the beginning of the northern tip of the temperate rain forest. The path goes through beautiful boreal forest composed of towering moss-covered Sitka spruce. The forest floor is also lined with moss, moss-covered decaying logs, and beautiful ferns."

Winner Creek Trip Reports

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It was a nice mellow hike, good introduction to Alaska hiking. But if it wasn't for the hand tram it wouldn't really be all that.
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This was the first hike I did in Alaska. With the wonderful long days during the Alaskan summers, this was easy to do as a day hike. With a coworker and his dog, we took on this trail and it's impressive initial climb. After the first mile or so, the trail levels off quite a bit, which is nice, but be prepared for the temperature drop. As we wound our way further into the mountains and nearer the glaciers, the cold really hit hard. It's a wonderful little hike with plenty to see.
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Winner Creek is an excellent trail, which has been greatly improved in recent years and is wheel chair accessible for the first half mile. The trail becomes more primitive but is easy walking through forrest. The view of Winner Creek from the foot-bridge crossing is impressive; the creek is a rushing torrent as it passes through a short, narrow canyon beyond the bridge and is the highlight of the trip. A ledge overlooking the canyon is an excellent spot for lunch. A short hike from the foot bridge brings you to a hand-drawn tram across Crow Creek. The tram extends the hike to a trailhead on Crow Creek Road. Out and back to Winner Creek is great when in the mood for a leisurely stroll and a nice picnic. Expect some company, but not a crowd. Enjoy!

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Trail Information

Nearby City
2.5-8 miles
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
Best June through early Oct
Additional Use
Chugach National Forest, Glacier Ranger District, PO Box 129, 145 Forest Station Rd., Girdwood, AK 99587; (907) 783- 3242;
Local Contacts
USGS Seward D-6 (NW); National Geographic Kenai National Wildlife Refuge
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